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Expandable, unlimited computing in the “cloud”

Posted September 24, 2012 in Business, New Technology by 0

“You should get on the cloud.”

You’ve probably heard this new buzzword a lot lately (“cloud”), and you may have scratched your head over what it means.

It’s a term used to refer to a computer resource on the Internet that you can tap at any time for your own local computing needs. That definition may sound a bit vague, so let me explain.

Before cloud computing, you’d a run a program or store a file using your own computer sitting in front of you. Cloud computing changes that because it allows you to use third-party computing resources as if they were on your own desk.

Remote storage is one of the most common cloud-based computing uses. The old-fashioned way to expand storage was to physically connect a new hard drive to your computer (large personal hard drives run up to approximately 3 TB these days). But cloud-based storage works like this:

You save a file and it seems like it is available locally, but it could actually be stored 1,000 miles away on a distant server.  When you run out of space, you simply expand what you need through your provider. It’s “pay as you go” file storage. And the best part is that cloud storage gives you access to a much larger scale of resources.

One good example of this is Office 365. Along with many other features and capabilities, it provides storage for your files in the cloud.  It even allows you to share them with your teams, customers and business partners.

You can also run applications in the cloud. In fact if you use webmail, then you’re already using a cloud-based service. Those services are email in the cloud and use both the cloud-storage model as well as the application-in-the-cloud model.

If you haven’t yet, check out our Office 365 page and check out the extensive cloud capabilities included at a mere $7/month per user.

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