5 Things You Should Know About the Cloud

When it comes to the business world and cloud computing, the very first thing you should know, is that it’s still a relatively new technology. The service is basically a new toy, that is seeing somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 percent growth, year over year. It’s also important to note that “new” in the tech world can still mean kind of old. As Forbes points out, the tech has been around, in some form or another for a decade. Having said that, here are some things you should absolutely know, especially if you were thinking about using the tech.

There is more than one version of the Cloud
While there are actually several varieties of cloud technology, the most popular are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS.) When talking about SaaS, the cloud provider hosts on its servers and storage. Clients can gain access to these servers using a web browser. This is usually the kind of setup people think of when they think of the cloud. IaaS means that the provider gives you equipment such as the physical servers, as well as tools like virtual machines and then helps with upkeep. This makes the client responsible for the actual day to day operation.

It’s relatively secure
When you talk to businesses about why they haven’t adopted the cloud yet, the number one reason is because they believe it’s not secure. The fact of the matter is that most cloud computing CIOs are keeping up with online security protocols better than most.

It does save you money
Saving money by using the cloud has been a key part of the technology since it was first born. This is especially true when you are talking about SaaS types of cloud technology. Not having to get a bunch of equipment such as servers or brand new computers is going to save a company some big-time money in the long run. It should be quite a bit less than what you expected to pay for the cloud services.

It saves companies manpower
If you have IT professionals on staff, you’ll be able to have them working on other projects rather than dealing with storage issues. This can also be filed under saving money, as other projects will get done sooner that would have been back burnered.

It hasn’t killed in-house IT jobs
While some have argued this kind of tech actually kills jobs, the fact of the matter is there is still plenty of need for IT professionals to do other things. There is a very specific area they no longer have to worry about but the demand is still absolutely there for these workers.

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