The Cloud refers to software and services that run on the internet, instead of locally on your computer. These services can be accessed using various internet browsers, or through apps that have been developed to allow easy access from mobile and tablet devices.
WHY DO I NEED TO USE THE CLOUD?
There are many advantages to using the Cloud; you can access your data on any device that is connected to the internet and you don't have to use your local drive to store everything, maxing out the available space in the process. In addition, users of the Cloud don't have to have expensive, high end laptops, PCs or servers, they are simply using what they need at the time it's needed.
WHY IS THE CLOUD IMPORTANT?
There can be great benefits to businesses by using shared computing resources available through Cloud computing. Some reasons to use the Cloud are the efficiency, flexibility and strategic value that it can bring to the organisation:
EFFICIENCY Efficiency is achieved using Cloud computing, data can be accessed from anywhere in the world and can be backed up and restored if needed in a fast reliable way. In addition, Cloud computing allows businesses to have scalable resources without the cost of acquisition and maintenance.
The ability to have flexible resources can be important - there are times when our fluctuating workloads mean that requirements need to be scaled up. The Cloud allows for this without having to make investment that also covers quieter periods. Additionally, businesses can determine their level of control with "as-a-service options" offered by their Cloud provider.
STRATEGIC VALUE The need to deliver more services, more quickly than ever brings a requirement for increased productivity. Cloud users can focus on their business without worrying about software updates, and can hold virtual meetings with teams, assessing the same information without the need to be together.
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