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What on earth is cloud computing?

There are varying definitions of cloud computing, the following is my take on it.

Firstly it's not some new-fangled invention from the IT world. It’s just a buzz word given to services provided over the internet.

For example your email might be provided by a server on the internet. That's a cloud service. The cloud = the internet.

So, in a nutshell cloud computing is delivering services via the internet.

Other examples of cloud services are:
• Online backup as opposed to backing up onto discs in your office.

• Online collaboration sites such as video meetings or project management.

• Online software such as contact management/CRM or accounting. You access the software via the internet not as a program on your computer.

What are the pros and cons of cloud computing?

• Low starting cost – you don’t need your own infrastructure.

• Monthly payments, you only pay for what you use.

• Access from anywhere that you have an internet connection.

• Access from different computers - eg. your office desktop and your home laptop.

• Works well in businesses where there is a lot of remote working.

• Lack of control over data.

• No internet connection means no service.

• Difficult to backup - you're relying on the service provider to do this.

• Some services just don’t work well when delivered via the internet because it is too slow.

• Possible vulnerability in the event of provider going bust.

There is no 'one size fits all solution' because businesses have different needs and ways of working.

For some businesses full or partial use of cloud computing has brought about gains in productivity and overall improvements to business efficiency.

BITS provide various cloud based services where appropriate for the business. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need further guidance or information.

You can easily contact us by email, via our enquiry form or simply call us on 01373 888 333. Posted by Lee Edge on 13/10/2009

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