What The Heck Is Cloud Computing? (And Why You Should Care)

cloudCloud computing is a concept that could save some businesses quite a bit of money on software, hardware, upgrades, and services. The question is… Does it make sense for your business to use Cloud computing?

There’s a good chance that MOST of the software applications you use every day are already in the Cloud. Google Search, for example, is a massive free cloud application with the power required to search thousands of web sites and content in seconds and deliver the relevant results to your screen. Your PC alone could never do that. Of course, there are many other business applications in the Cloud such as Salesforce, Constant Contact, Office 365, etc., that you pay to use.

We call these “software as a service”. In other words, you don’t have to install them on your server or PC – you simply access the software as a pay-as-you-go model for only the licenses, space and features you use. This gives you the ability to access highly sophisticated software and functionality at a fraction of the cost – or even for free – and without long-term commitments.

Many businesses can save money by eliminating some on-site server hardware and software. Now companies can host one or more of their applications, data, e-mail and other functions “in the cloud.” That simply means it’s stored off-site in a highly secure, high-availability data center that has far more power and resources than you could ever logically have on-site as a small business. And with devices getting cheaper and Internet connectivity exploding, cloud computing is suddenly a very smart, viable option for many small business owners.

Want to know if Cloud Computing can save money for your business? Read the next article to learn if your business is Cloud Ready.

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