We hear about it all the time – “the cloud” – but how many of us actually know what they are talking about when it's referenced?
The truth is, the cloud is all around us and more than anything, it's just the way data is now delivered in the world of the internet today. The cloud allows for a less frustrating world of wires, software, restrictions, and headache. At the same time, the cloud is quickly changing the world of business and connectivity all around us. To help us learn more about the cloud and how it's changed the way business is done on the internet, let's take a look at some of the key facts provided through the cloud computing infographic below.
What You Need to Know About Cloud Computing
Without the concept of cloud computing, brands like Amazon, Google, Salesforce and IBM simply wouldn't be able to exist in the same way they do today.
Take Amazon for example. One reason Amazon.com started their journey into the clouds is they were only using about 10 percentof their available resources with about 90 percent more or less just “going to waste” waiting for the occasional service spikes.
So, not only is the cloud changing the way businesses do business online, it's also changing how data is transferred, costs are managed and also helping to efficiently scale in size without the need for wasted overhead and funds. Depending on the size of your business and amount of customers you could be managing, having a cloud monitoring system in place would be ideal. Even with the cloud in place, there is still a huge demand for control and security over user data.
Still, there are many benefits to using the cloud outside of just being a huge multi-billion dollar company. Businesses and brands of all sizes can use the cloud to access data from anywhere, improve reliability and the security of their data and also offer a wide range of resources or free software to their audiences as well. For any businesses and brands that are relying on the cloud to deliver software, there is also the added benefit of offering up-to-date software downloads with less of a chance for malware to be included.
There is actually a good chance you are using the cloud right now! If you are currently using WMware, Digg, Twitter, Facebook, Gmail or Citirix… you my friend, are using the cloud! With more services running of SaaS (software as a service) platforms, it simply means there is less of a need for physical software that needs to be purchased, downloaded and accessible on only one computer. Through cloud computing, SaaS can be accessed from anywhere.
In summary, let's take a look at the top five reasons why every brand or business should be considering their options with cloud computer and using software as a service:
- Pay only for what you use;
- Easy fast deployment to users;
- Monthly payment plans;
- Encourages standard systems; and
- Requires less in-house staff.