The cloud provides an alternative to local applications and computer systems that are purchased and managed in-house. It gives you access to applications, computer infrastructure (such as servers and networks) and storage as a service over the Internet.
Cloud services can be divided into three main areas:
Platform as a service (PaaS) / Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – computing systems including servers, storage and networks which you use rather than local systems
Software as a service (SaaS) – applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) or Accounting Apps such as Zero, QuickBooks online.
Cloud storage services – often used for low-cost archiving or to provide temporary storage capacity using services such as Dropbox, Sky Drive etc…
The benefits of using services provided from the cloud include:
• Scalability – Cloud service providers operate out of very large data centres with larger pools of computing power. Allows you to quickly scale the service up or down to provide you with the exact capacity you require as your business grows (or shrinks).
• Easy financing – Cloud services are provided on a flexible per user basis and are often heavily subsidised rather than you having to make massive capital expenditure investments.
• Agility – Implementing new hardware and software often takes months in terms of planning and delivery. Cloud allows you to deliver new systems and services in a matter of days.
• Accessibility – Cloud services can usually be accessed securely from anywhere using a browser in a desktop or laptop computer, or a mobile device such as a tablet allowing home or remote users easy access to your productive systems
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