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What is Cloud Computing?

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Brad Ashby

on 16 November 2013

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Transcript of What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing
Types of Clouds
The delivery of computer services via the internet
It allows the use of software and hardware which is managed by third parties
Provides access to computer resources and storage space
Accessible through any internet connection
What is Cloud Computing?
Examples include: Web mail (such as Hotmail), Social media (Twitter) and online file storage.
Are all clouds the same?
Public Cloud
Public clouds can be accessed by any subscriber with an internet connection and access to the cloud space
Private Cloud
Private clouds are established for a specific group or organization and limits access to just that group.
Community Cloud
Community clouds are shared among two or more organizations that have similar cloud requirements.
Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid clouds are essentially a combination of at least two clouds, including a mixture of public, private, or community clouds
The Basics
Why Should we use Cloud Computing?
Is Cloud Computing a benefit?
Or is it a Disadvantage?
Scalability & Storage
Therefore, businesses can scale up and down operations and storage requirements as needed
Accessibility & Flexibility
Cloud computing links the resources & devices remotely
Data be accessed through any device connected to the internet which makes mobile access easy an convenient
Reduced Expenses
Cloud computing cuts costs -especially in large organisations
No more expensive systems and storage devices
System and software upgrades are handled by the provider
Less wages are paid for added expert staff
Energy consumption may be reduced
Cloud computing provides an unlimited amount of storage space
As your needs change, you have the option to increase or decrease your computer resources
If information is needed while off-site, you can connect to your 'virtual office' as if you were on-site
Hackers
Hackers are the #1 disadvantage of Cloud Computing
Although this is so, hackers are difficult to avoid
Hackers can be found in almost every aspect of computing
Ways to avoid hackers include:
Password protecting information
Signing out when tasks are complete
Locking devices
Using secure networks

Reliability: Outages
Cloud servers are out of your hands, if the provider is not strong and reliable you may temporarily lose access to your information
Access to internet is necessary to access your information. Keep in mind that systems can go down at times and hinder productivity
Conclusion
Although there are a few disadvantages (as with most aspects of computing)

The benefits outweigh the disadvantages by a long shot.

Investing in cloud computing is a great investment for businesses - particularly smaller businesses looking to expand and gain a competitive edge.
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