Cloud is a term widely used these days. Every tech enthusiast seems to like cloud services because usually these are affordable and allows the user access to their files from everywhere in the world.
Cloud is a term widely used these days. Every tech enthusiast seems to like cloud services because usually these are affordable and allow the user access to their files from everywhere in the world.
Not only individuals love the cloud, businesses like the cloud as well. The main advantage for a business is the cost factor.
Cloud services are also easy to use and great for people who work in teams.
But what exactly is a cloud service?
According to Wikipedia “Cloud computing is a recently evolved computing terminology or metaphor based on utility and consumption of computing resources. Cloud computing involves deploying groups of remote servers and software networks that allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. Clouds can be classified as public, private or hybrid.”
In simple terms the services are offered by a server not by the user computer. To give some simple examples:
- An individual uses multiple devices (personal computer, laptop and tablet), to edit a word file. If you want to do it without a cloud service you need to save the file and move it to the next device, edit it, save it, then move it again on a new device and so on. With a dedicated cloud service it is much easier: the file stays in the cloud and you can just access it from multiple devices.
- Businesses usually have several employees working on the same project. With cloud services the employees get access to the project files and they can work together and communicate faster because all changes are made in the same time and there is no need to email, or to put the files on a stick or HDD and pass them on.
A lot of small and large businesses are also starting utilizing cloud hosting.
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The cloud hosting has two major benefits: it reduces costs and allows a business to grow faster.
According to the Databax cloud hosting services experts: “In most non-Cloud Physical Server environments for example, the average actual consumed computing resource is typically only 20% – 30%. This means that as much as 80% of the total server resources and power costs (which you are paying for) remains unused – an expensive way to operate!”
When utilizing cloud hosting you don’t get an entire server, instead you are getting and pay for just a fraction of what you usually would, which makes it a smart way of controlling costs. With cloud hosting instead of buying/renting a whole server you only rent what you need and if you need more it is super simple to extend.