Posted by : Amanda Stein Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Over the last several years the term cloud computing has risen in popularity across multiple levels and industries of business. Large corporations to small businesses are using this technology to compete, save money and be on the cutting edge of business computing technology.

So what is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is defined as using an internet based service to provide what would typically be provided by hardware and software to business computer networks. It can be used based on a business’s needs, therefore saving money when not in use and providing excellent service when being used for multiple computing processes. 

Cloud computing may seem complicated but in reality it is very simple to understand. In fact, the CIO of United States Federal Government, Vivek Kundra describes cloud computing in a very relatable way, saying, “There was a time when every household, town, farm or village had its own water well. 

Today, shared public utilities give us access to clean water by simply turning on the tap; cloud computing works in a similar fashion. Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis. When the tap isn't on, not only are you saving water, but you aren't paying for resources you don't currently need.”

Utilizing Cloud Computer Services in Business

To continue using cloud computer services in the example of water use, much like the water in your home can go to several outlets (taps, hoses, washing machines, bathtubs,) cloud computing works in a similar way for businesses. The growing influence of this technology has expanded to offer services in:

  • Storage
  • Security
  • Databases
Infrastructure and moreThis means that businesses across several industries can utilize the cloud for their specific needs, whether a need for better, faster and more accessible information storage, or a more reliable database infrastructure with remote access.

An ever Growing Influence

Because of its versatility in service and use; it is a growing trend across multiple levels and industries of business and is becoming an important influence in businesses of all sizes across the globe. 

Large corporations are saving in energy costs and consumption by using the cloud for database and storage use (64% of cloud computing companies report reduced waste and lower energy consumption) while smaller businesses are able to use the cloud to compete with the larger businesses on a higher level. In fact, statistics show that 41% of the leading executives and employees claim to use some kind of cloud computing within their company on a daily basis and 65% of all companies within America shifted to cloud in just 2011. Also, many IT departments list a conversion to cloud computing as the number one priority within several companies and industries. 

The cloud is steadily growing, influencing and changing the ways that many businesses perform computing tasks, allowing large corporations and small businesses to compete, save money and be on the cutting edge of business computing technology.

Are you using the cloud in your business? Has it changed how you do things? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Brian Jensen works for Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about cloud computing services and virtualization. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family.

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