Crash Course in Cloud Computing
Many of us have been hearing about cloud computing for years now, but most people still don’t understand what “the cloud” is and how it can benefit their business.

Cloud Computing Defined – When Googled, this seems to be the most popular definition of the term: “Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like electricity.” Typically, cloud computing providers offer common software applications or services online, which can be accessed from another web server or browser, while the actual software and data is stored in the “cloud” on Internet servers.

How it Works – Most cloud computing infrastructures are made up of reliable services that are built on servers and accessed and delivered via data centers. Cloud computing customers usually pay for service and usage as it’s consumed in the same way that we pay the power company only for the electricity we use. This helps companies avoid large capital expenditures for hardware, software and IT services.

The Bottom Line – Businesses can utilize the cloud to reduce spending, lighten their infrastructures, ease internal stress, and decrease downtime on company sites. However, businesses will have to pay for cloud services and resources as they use them.
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