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What is Cloud Computing?

  • The cloud is simply a metaphor for the Internet.
  • In traditional or non-cloud computing all data and programs are run and accessed from a hard drive on a local computer or on other computers in a local network.
  • Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of on your computer's hard drive or on your local area network.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

  • Cost Savings
    • Cloud computing delivers a better cash flow by eliminating the capital expense associated with building a server infrastructure.
    • Since cloud computing uses less physical resources and less on premise software, there is less hardware to power and maintain.
    • Less hardware and software also means less IT staff needed.
    • Reduced spending on physical equipment and on premise software translates to lower hardware and software maintenance fees and upgrade costs.
  • Better Operational Efficiency
    • Utilizing standardized services can significantly improve operating quality with a reduction in software issues and defects
    • Accessing applications via a web browser is easy and fast to set up.
    • Cloud technologies provide anywhere, anytime access to business information functions.
  • Improved Collaboration
    • Corporate resources can be virtualized, enabling individuals to access the people or documents they need regardless of location or device.
    • Cloud computing allows outsourced and remote employees to share files, collaborate on projects and maintain close contact improving overall effectiveness of the organization.
  • Better Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity
    • In cloud computing large amounts of data storage and file backups are stored on offsite servers.
    • With a technical failure or other problem at the business site, all valuable data is still accessible.
    • Since company data and software doesn't need to be maintained on premise, employees can work and provide services wherever there's an Internet connection.
  • SoftStar Can Help You Move to the Cloud
    • Assist in developing a cloud strategy & roadmap for your business.
    • Help identify the optimal cloud management platform for your needs.
    • Implement and deploy cloud based technologies.
    • Migrate your existing applications and data to a cloud environment.
    • Develop custom cloud-based applications to improve your business operations.