101: Cloud Computing

By Michael Bell Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After last week's announcement by Steve Jobs about the iCloud, there has been a lot of chatter about cloud computing. In July 2010, I was introduced to the concept of cloud computing by a friend and became very interested in how Harvard Business Services, Inc. and our clients could utilize this new concept of cloud computing. Below are some questions and answers that shed some light on this subject. For more information, read this InfoWorld article  and for even more information, check out this How Stuff Works? article.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing, in layman’s terms, is defined as an updated version of utility computing; basically, virtual servers available over the internet contain your information and your software applications. You access them remotely and seamlessly from your desktop.

How could Cloud Computing help your company?

Cloud computing is a way to increase capacity or add capabilities without investing new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software; it is also a way to protect your valuable data should a local disaster destroy your building. Your software and data are accessible from your office, but they do not reside in your office.

How does Cloud Computing work?

Instead of installing a suite of software for each computer and tying into a local server in your office for data access, you connect to remote servers anywhere in the world, or in several places around the world. You only have to load one application. That application allows everyone in your company, from multiple locations, to log into a web-based service which hosts all the programs and holds all the data you need.

The term “Cloud Computing” makes it all sound a bit mysterious but it works just like a local area network. In fact, users can’t tell the difference.

So think about the time and money this could save you and your company; when your employees are travelling all over the world making presentations or pitches, everything they need will only be a click away.

 

 

 

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