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What are the Benefits of Cloud Computing?

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  • Written By: Henry Gaudet
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  • Last Modified Date: 20 September 2017
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For many businesses, the benefits of cloud computing have saved money and simplified technical issues. Cloud computing is less taxing on computers, with no need for in-house information technology (IT) specialists. The need for expensive software evaporates, replaced by subscription and free services, so cloud computing can be especially handy for start-up companies. Information is not tied to a single machine or office, allowing access from anywhere.

Traditional computer software programs are loaded into the computer or computers being used. In some cases, files can be shared across a computer network, but oftentimes, each computer must be loaded with the necessary software. Accessing the program and information requires the use of a specific computer. Even when each computer has the correct program, different versions might be incompatible and will require updates or patches to work with newer versions.

Cloud computing breaks away from this model by allowing users to access programs online. The software and files do not need to be stored on the computer, and the program can be accessed through any computer that has Internet access. Users sign in to individual, password-protected accounts to work with the files.

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One of the benefits of cloud computing is the reduced demand on computer performance. Programs normally requiring computer space and processing power are running off-site. Less-expensive computers, too small to handle traditional software packages, can easily manage these tasks through cloud computing. Reduced demands on the computer lead to higher computer performance as well, not just for the cloud applications, but for all computer tasks.

Among the other benefits of cloud computing is storage. Compared with a typical computer’s storage capacity, cloud computing offers practically unlimited space without clogging a hard drive and slowing the computer. Cloud computing storage is more reliable as well. A single workstation computer might fail, leading to the loss of important data, but the cloud service provider has a superior system with multiple backups to keep information safe.

Software packages purchased and loaded into the computer have a relatively short life. As updates come out, users must decide whether to continue using outdated software or to buy and learn the new version. Among the benefits of cloud computing is instant updating. The service provider keeps the program up to date, often without the user even noticing.

Price also is among the benefits of cloud computing. Traditional software packages can be expensive and typically have more features than are actually needed. Many applications are available for free, and others are available on a subscription basis. These subscriptions have the added advantage of allowing the user to purchase only the desired features, with the option of expanding as the business grows.

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Melonlity
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Completely right in pointing out that storage is an advantage of cloud computing. Although most offices still use applications that are purchased and loaded directly onto computers, there's a huge advantage in storing files in a cloud.

Take Microsoft Excel, for example. Let's say a company has generated all sorts of financial reports through Excel and keeping them is critical. What happens to those spreadsheets if the company's main office burns to the ground? If those reports are stored locally, then they could be as lost in the fire as the computers that stored them. If they are stored in a commercial cloud, however, those reports can still be accessed through any computer with the credentials to access the cloud storage.

Offices are wise to adopt the strategy of storing files in an off-site cloud. They should at least back up files that way.

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