Wikipedia defines cloud computing as: Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. Basically, “Cloud” is a metaphor for the internet.

It allows you to store, access and share all kinds of information from anywhere at any time. Cloud Computing is broken down into 3 categories.

1. Software as a Service(SAAS) – customers save on cost, space, power consumption and facility. You pay a flat fee for the functionality. You are not required to purchase hardware, software or management of those applications.

2. Infrastructure as a Service – this is total outsourcing. Everything is handled by the provider.

3. Platform as a Service

Small businesses are look at the harsh truth: there are technology applications that can improve their business but the cost of the hardware, software and maintenance stands in their way. The cloud gives small companies the flexibility to grow. These businesses can get top of the line technologies as a subscription service just by shifting the IT infrastructure and management to a Cloud Provider.

These are some of the benefits:

– Flexibility
– Improved Performance
– Sold on Demand
– Use as much or a little as you need
– Service is managed by the Provider
– Reduced Hardware equipment
– Lower Maintenance
– Instant Software updates

Technology is starting to see some big changes when it comes to how companies access information, share content and communicate. Google, Amazon and Microsoft are the leaders in Cloud Providers.

Cloud Providers offer compelling options for saving money, while staying ahead of the innovation curve.
So come on, get your head in the “clouds”.