Why Cloud Computing?

Why Cloud Computing?
CLOUD COMPUTING for Stefans Article

Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to access files at any computer with internet access, it allows them to use applications without installation and allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth. This technology uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications.

Here is cloudtp.com a website that I found that has some useful information on current and emerging cloud companies.

A simple example of cloud computing that most everyone uses is email. One just needs internet connection in order to connect to an email server and start sending emails. The internet is the cloud where the people are accessing their email management software and the server, while the service provider (Yahoo, Google etc.) is the central remote server. The thought behind cloud computing is, if all a consumer needs is the benefits of a software/hardware, then why would they have to buy the whole package. An analogy is “if you need milk, why would you buy a cow?”

There are three segments cloud computing is broken into: “application”, “storage” and “connectivity”. Each of these components serves a different purpose and offers different products.

While the cloud computing technology has been around for a long time, the idea behind cloud computing is a fairly new concept. In June 2011, a study conducted by Version One found that 91% of senior IT professionals don’t know what cloud computing is and two-thirds of senior finance professionals are unclear about the concept.

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