Cloud Computing: The Function and Benefits

The phrase cloud computing has a broad range of definitions, depending on who you ask and its function. But the experts agree that cloud computing is the use of distributed computing with on-demand access through network services that eliminate the need for a physical storage space in a business. Private Cloud deployments replace the need to build your own data center for applications, servers, networks and storage purposes. All of the resources are at your fingertips, but the space and cost needed to maintain a physical server is nearly non-existent. Cloud computing has a very simple function, but there are an abundance of benefits for using cloud computing over a physical server.

Cost

By using cloud computing, you are eliminating a physical server in your office. By doing so, the cloud host becomes responsible for maintenance, including security, upgrades, and the like. Additionally, you only pay for what you use. No longer do you have to worry about the size of the server to purchase or constantly paying more to update the size of the server, if you need more storage space, you simply upgrade the size of your cloud. You also reduce the cost of applications, which are available through the web browser, instead of physically on company computers. This lessens the need for constant maintenance and updates, as the host server includes these costs in their monthly fees.

Flexibility

The needs for technology in a business are constantly fluctuating, which can mean that at times you have to purchase more resources or scale back your operations. By using a cloud, the costs stay the same, but within a cloud you can add programs or reduce them, and pay only for the amount that you use. This allows you to get the most from your money, without the fear of buying more than you need.

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