What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a great tool for any business. It’s the act of taking your data and virtualizing it into interconnected servers to provide easy access to your business’s information. There are many reasons why businesses benefit from cloud computing, but in general it decreases overall costs and eliminates the need for excess servers and energy usage.

Imagine having all of the up-to-date programs and software your business needs and always having a backup plan in case your servers go down, but without having to constantly spend money on the newest technologies. Cloud computing allows all of this to happen and at a fast rate. According to Online Tech, businesses using the cloud experience an average of 2.1 hours of recovery time compared to the 8 hours needed for non-cloud businesses. Additionally, according to NSK Inc., 82 percent of companies have saved money by switching to the cloud.

Some companies are skeptical about switching to the cloud, and it may have to do with the fact that they are unsure what the cloud actually is. Many think it’s an obscure, intangible object floating around with data from all sorts of companies. In fact, the cloud is located in data centers all over the world. There are also different kinds of cloud solutions to choose from. Public clouds are less expensive and allow anyone to access your data. Private clouds only allow permitted people to access your business’s information. A mix of the two is called a hybrid cloud. These can be customized to allow certain information to be public and other information to be private depending on the business’s needs.

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