Cloud Computing and how we use it everyday
Cloud computing has been introduced so seamlessly to everyday internet use, that most of us don’t even realise we are on a cloud platform. However, one thing is for sure — whether or not you’re familiar with the cloud, it’s highly possible that you have already utilised it. Netflix and Spotify, after all, are cloud services.
“The appetite for public cloud services in Australia continues to grow, with 42% of businesses in the country reporting the use of cloud computing compared to 31% in 2015-16” (Source: https://www.computerweekly.com)
So, what exactly is cloud computing?
There are several ways to define cloud computing depending on how and where you use it. To put it simply, it’s allowing users to access computer hardware and software over the internet no matter where they are in the world. It replaces the age-old concept of storage, servers and other applications by no longer needing them to be on-site. Cloud technology means you are “always on” and have access to all required networks anytime, anywhere.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
There’s no denying that many businesses all over the world are in the cloud. Some great benefits are:
- It makes work-life more efficient. Cloud computing opens the doors to popular efficient work trends such as working from home.
- It’s cost-effective. There are tons of cloud computing platforms nowadays that you can purchase on a month-to-month basis.
- It also saves you in the entertainment department; there was a time where someone would spend significantly on albums and records. Now, it’s only a matter of subscribing to Spotify.
- It’s faster to use. Going to a store to purchase a software installer, plus all the installation to be done thereafter, is now a thing of the past when you have the right cloud platform and set up.
A good and reliable internet connection would probably be the most important element for cloud computing to operate effectively, regardless if it’s for business or personal use.
In business, a slow internet connection will automatically lead to a slower work pace. Watching your favourite Netflix show over a slow internet connection isn’t so enjoyable either.
Like most things, cloud computing also has its fair share of disadvantages, one having to do with security. Having your data stored offline is more secure, having them stored in the “cloud” means there is risks involved with hacking. That said, with a solid security platform and regular monitorisation, it is possible to manage a large cloud set up very well.
Business or non-business, cloud computing is now an integral part of day-to-day. To make the most of the cloud innovation, make sure you are connected to an ISP that provides a reliable broadband experience.