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A user-friendly guide to understanding what cloud computing is, and the benefits for storage, security and infrastructure for your business.
The future of technology is in the cloud. Without even realising it, you’re already reaping the benefits of cloud computing when you check your emails on Gmail or use Microsoft Office. Research shows businesses are quickly moving towards cloud computing models, with 90% of organisations already using cloud services in some way.
And cloud computing could not be more relevant now: with vastly more people working remotely all of sudden, ‘the cloud’ gives us all the chance to share and collaborate with ease. It’s a complex subject, but Anthony Hill, Head of Technology for Geeks2U, is here to shed some light on cloud computing and what it can do for your business.
“It’s a very loose term that gets bandied around for all sorts of things,” Anthony explains. “But in a nutshell, it’s the delivery of on-demand computer services like apps, storage or even processing power on a pay-as-you-go basis.”
Instead of purchasing your own IT solutions and software, installing it and maintaining it yourself, you’re outsourcing certain aspects to third parties over the internet, utilising their expertise, high-end resources, and capacity in terms of space and time.
It’s a burgeoning field in the IT world, for reasons we’ll soon delve into, and as Anthony notes, “Most people are probably using it nowadays without even thinking about it. All of our email services – like Gmail and Outlook – are essentially cloud computing as they’re on another server somewhere and not located on our desktop computers. We’re simply accessing them via the web.”
This type of cloud computing is a method for delivering software online. “Some examples of the SaaS model are things like Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud,” Anthony explains. “They provide the software on a pay-as-you-go or pay-as-you-use basis. Essentially it’s a software subscription.”
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On the plus side, you’ll always have access to the most up-to-date versions of the software, as unlike traditional software installation you’re not purchasing one version of it, you’re actually renting the software in its most current state.