by Rob Boirun for BurnWorld.com
Much has been made in recent years regarding the growth of cloud computing. Cloud computing is the practice of storing data and files online in lieu of a physical computer or local server. Although ostensibly the term cloud computing sounds like some futuristic concept that is decades away, many individuals utilize cloud services every day, from web-based email, music and video to gaming sites that allow you to play high performance games on low-end machines. However, cloud computing perhaps makes the most sense for businesses, as the service offers increased flexibility and security at a price precipitously lower than the old paradigm of hardware and software upgrades.
Examples of cloud computing programs in business include SaaS, file storage, online backup storage, file syncing, and customer relationship management. In fact, it is now possible for companies to create their own private cloud, which is used to provide specialized services unique to a specific group of employees.
Cloud computing allows people to access data and documents from any computer, tablet or smart phone, as long as they have a working internet connection. This is especially helpful when working on collaborative projects, as documents can be simultaneously viewed and edited from widely disparate locations. The automatic software updates that come with cloud software also make it easier to keep up with current regulations and compliance laws.
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