The Beginner’s Guide to Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing?

The word “cloud” refers to the internet. Cloud computing is using the

internet for your needs. In simple terms, it’s a way for users to share

and access data from virtually anywhere. Think of something such as your

email. As long as you can login to your account, you can access any

information associated with it f from anywhere at any time. However, not

all cloud computing is created equal. There are a number of different

types, each with different benefits and drawbacks, resulting in a number

of different definitions that can confuse newcomers. So let’s break it

down.

Types of Cloud Computing

Simply put, there are 3 basic types of cloud computing: Public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. With a public cloud, users can access information from virtually anywhere.  Unfortunately, because the information is hosted on a public server, the possibility of a security breech is often much higher. For this reason, many companies resort to a private cloud. With private cloud computing, the company sets up and manages the cloud themselves in-house, including the firewall.  Often times, information in a private cloud can only be accessed from computers within the company. A hybrid cloud is a combination of both a public and private cloud.

 

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses

Each type of cloud computing service offers a number of different benefits and is useful for different reasons depending on the company’s needs. Companies use servers to host data. When data increases, more servers and software must be purchased. From then on, the company will be paying to use those servers, even if data usage goes down. With cloud computing, you only pay for storage used. This helps reduce costs of managing a data center. In addition, waiting to receive the new hardware and then setting it up can take a long time, where as a cloud is instantaneous. Cloud computing offers the option to telecommute or work from almost anywhere, maximizing an employee’s time. With the added flexibility, companies can easily expand and contract usage based on their needs.

Concerns with Cloud Computing

As with any service, there are many concerns surrounding cloud computing. The biggest risk is often security. With a public cloud, the information is hosted on a public server, increasing the possibility of a security issue. While private cloud systems help improve this, they are often expensive to start up and the company must still manage the servers. Hybrid cloud computing offers both the benefits and risks of private and public cloud services.

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is catching on quickly and is now commonly being used in commercial businesses. If you’re looking to find services for your business, always choose a company that offers more than one option from different partners. Talking to a knowledgeable representative can help you decide what you need for your company and what the best way is to get it implemented.

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