In the simplest terms the cloud refers to a network of servers, and each server has a different function. Some are designed to run applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, which users no longer purchase in physical form but instead pay a subscription fee to gain access to.
Other servers in the cloud network are responsible for storing data - this is probably the way you use the cloud most often without even realising. For example, when you take a photograph on a smartphone it is typically stored on the internal memory of the phone. However, when it is uploaded onto a social media platform you are storing it in the cloud.
Many businesses choose to use the cloud for a variety of reasons including:
Cost reduction - Without the need for expensive, high-powered computers the costs of keeping data and documents safe can be reduced.
Mobility - Using the cloud makes documents accessible remotely which means employees can work anywhere and still access everything they need.
Increased capacity - Virtually unlimited storage capabilities.
Greener - Cloud services can eliminate the need for physical servers and software disks.
Check out our infographic for more information on cloud computing for SMEs and how it could help your business.
(click for larger image):
Date: August 20, 2021