If you own a small business or don’t have a lot in the budget to invest in infrastructure, you probably find yourself burdened by the process of maintaining all of the networking, storage, and computing resources required to give your employees the software they need to do their jobs. At the same time, you may not feel confident in your ability to fully embrace technologies that live in the cloud. The truth of the matter is that cloud computing is already at your fingertips, and it is much easier to adopt then you might think.
Imagine if every time you needed to provide a new or existing employee with a piece of software, all you had to do was download an application that provided instant access to a web-based service. You would save time for both the employee and the IT resource that supports the installation, and you would not need to provide the local computing infrastructure to maintain numerous software packages. Furthermore, the employee would have a better user experience, because there is less hardware and software involved in the setup process.
The major benefit of cloud computing is that the cloud, which requires no on-site maintenance, handles all of the heavy lifting required to run business-critical applications. Cloud-computing software is extremely lightweight, and accessing the application interface is often as simple as opening a web browser and connecting to the service.
The best news is this: while the technology surrounding the cloud is complicated, adopting it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you are probably already using cloud computing in some format. If you have ever used a web-based email program such as Gmail or Yahoo!, then you are already a cloud-computing user. Many other business applications function in a similar fashion to these cloud-based email providers; instead of opening a program on your desktop, you can log in to your account remotely. All of your account information, including the storage and software, don’t physically exist on your computer but are instead conveniently (and securely) available to you over the Internet. Cloud computing will reduce infrastructure burden and provide a convenient way for you to access important business applications. Since you’re already probably using this technology, why not adopt it on a broader scale?