What is “the Cloud” all about?

I keep hearing of “the Cloud” – what is it and do I need it for my business?

“Cloud” computing is a new technology buzzword, but what is it? In a nutshell, it is anything that involves delivering services over the internet. Just like the computer on your desk can run software and store files (local computing), the cloud runs software, stores files and more, but over the internet. You may have used it already without knowing – services such as Dropbox, Netflix and Microsoft Office 365 are all cloud based.

Cloud Computing

The cloud offers many possibilities for businesses: off-site, secure backup of files; sharing files between multiple office locations; renting software instead of buying it; and even helping people work from home while accessing their e-mail and files. Its main advantages are its flexibility and cost-effectiveness – think about it like renting a portion of someone’s server, rather than buying a brand new server of your own. If you think that a cloud based service could help you, or if you would like to know more, please get in touch for a chat – our contact details are here.