Updated: Feb 3, 2020
Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on shared computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications
Did you hear the term “The Cloud” or “Cloud Computing”? Do you know what does it mean?
We’re seeing technology moving to the cloud and the shift from traditional software models to the internet has been accelerating in the last 10 years. And it’s moving towards mobile devices.
So, what is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of an outside party or remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal owned computer.
Users are able to access software and applications anytime, from anywhere. Users do not have to worry about storage, power nor their issues.
Before cloud computing
Old-school business applications have always been complicated and expensive. They require a variety of hardware and software to be run. They need a team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, maintain and update.
The best IT departments don’t get the apps they need, as they will require huge amount of experts to manage. SME’s don’t stand a chance.
Cloud Computing Era
With cloud computing, you get rid of those headaches that come with storing and managing your data, as you’re not managing hardware and software — it will be the responsibility of an experienced vendor like Salesforce. “Pay for what you need” is the strategy, automated upgrades, and scaling is easier.
Cloud-based apps can be running in few days or weeks, and they cost less. Then, you just open your browser, log in, customize the app, and start using it.
Businesses use all kinds of apps in the cloud, like CRM’s, HR, accounting, and much more. Some of the largest companies moved their applications to the cloud with Salesforce after testing the security and reliability of its infrastructure.
As cloud computing grows in popularity, thousands of companies are simply rebranding their non-cloud products and services as “cloud computing.” Always dig deeper when evaluating cloud offerings and keep in mind that if you have to buy and manage hardware and software, what you’re looking at isn’t really cloud computing but a false cloud.