How Cloud Computing Helps Businesses

If you follow business innovations at least from time to time you must have come across a Cloud computing term at least once lately. It has been a part of every annual forecast of business technology related to large and small business alike for the last couple of years, each time upgraded and recommended for various business conduct improvements. The benefits are being recognized by more and more companies and users’ positive feedback surely is one of the prime reasons for that. To make the term and everything about the term more familiar and to provide useful information, here is an overview of how Cloud computing helps businesses regardless of the location and size.

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Cloud computing in general

Basically, cloud computing means storing data and software remotely and using any application that is not located on a hard drive or a server at your office. Gmail, YouTube and Skype are just some examples for you to get the wider picture. Of course, company benefits that cloud computing enables are somewhere else and the number of features cloud computing provides was something that was until recently available only to companies with large IT sector.

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Learn Cloud-Based Integration Using Azure App Service

QuickLearn, a company that specializes in training classes for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and BizTalk Server, added a new course to their schedule: Cloud-Based Integration Using Azure App Service.

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This intermediate skill level course shows how to build hybrid integration solutions in the cloud that take advantage of the publish-subscribe nature of Azure Service Bus, the connectivity provided by Hybrid Connections, and the process composition capabilities of Logic Apps and API Apps. The first course starts May 6, 2015. The course lasts three days and can be attended either in person in Kirkland WA or remotely.

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Cloud Services vs Personal Cloud

Internet speeds have grown so quickly during the past few years, the computers have got so powerful and size of the files we use every single day have got huge enough to make us think about other storing options than putting our files on CDs, USBs or HDDs, since they are not sufficient anymore. The most popular solution nowadays are the cloud services and they probably are the best option at the moment, because they provide sufficient space and they are elegant and easy to use.

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However, the biggest question is should you use those made by huge companies or set up a personal cloud server. The decision is all yours to make and in this article you will find all the major pros and cons about both of the possibilities, which will hopefully help you choose the one that suits you best without any doubts.

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Cloud Computing: Evaluating the Past, the Present and Where It Is Headed

Several years ago, if you wished to store and manage data, your primary option would be to do so on your local computer or via a local server. However, cloud computing changed all of that. Over the past few years, many businesses have been turning to this solution, irrespective of their size or what industry they operate in.

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So, what is cloud computing? In the most basic terms this is storing, managing, accessing, and processing your data and programs over the Internet. Essentially, ‘cloud’ is a metaphor for the Internet. For your solution to be considered a cloud one, it must require you to access your programs or data over the Internet. It is not about your hard drive or having a dedicated hardware server in residence.

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing to Businesses

Cloud computing is an emerging technology that has been very beneficial to enterprises and businesses alike. It can help meet the increasing requirements to lower the total cost of ownership, to get a higher return on investment, as well as increased efficiency. It also acts as utility-like pay-as-you-go service, so there are no complications whatsoever.

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However, many IT professionals are noting the increased associated risks in trusting information assets in the cloud. There is now a demand for a behind-the-firewall use of commercial or internet-based cloud technologies, when it comes to focusing specifically on one company’s computing needs.

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