A cloud computing guest blog by Jonty Lendill – placement student.

For readers that don’t know, I’ve recently joined virtualDCS on a two-week media placement. Naturally, before I joined the company I researched into cloud computing technology. Technology, in general, has always interested me, but learning about the benefits of the cloud helped me look at the ‘working world’ in a new light.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud ComputingThis was the big question. If you were to look up the definition of cloud computing it would be “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.” This might sound like a complex definition, but this blog will hopefully give readers a clearer understanding of cloud technology and what I learnt over the two weeks.

So let’s start from the basics; cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing, which covers everything from applications to data centres. Cloud hosting is performed over the internet where users pay for the privilege of its usage. Think of Dropbox and iCloud where users pay to store and access their information ‘in the cloud’. This data is actually being stored in a data centre somewhere, where they access it through the internet.

Flexibility in the cloud

With cloud computing, one thing that struck me during my time at virtualDCS was the user’s flexibility… its limitless. If someone was to start a business, they would only need to start off with few resources and with cloud computing they could upscale or downscale when they needed to. This kind of agility that cloud computing provides can give users a real advantage over their competitors.

One of the things that cloud suppliers focus on is helping their users to achieve maximum efficiency at minimum costs. Cloud computing is typically paid for with a ‘pay as you go’ plan, meaning it cuts out the high costs of hardware capital expenditure. These contractual payments mean that a business has better cash flow to focus on other projects.

A problem shared is a problem halved

With cloud computing the phrase “a problem shared is a problem halved” really does apply, as users have the benefit of being able to easily distribute and edit documents between each other, from any location, at any time and on multiple devices.

Of course, there are many more benefits to the cloud, but these are the main ones that stood out to me during my time working with virtualDCS.

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