Can you imagine your life without cloud computing? Whether you like it or not, it has become a part of your tech life. Quite obviously, it’s widely used in business and personal lives, and it’s becoming more of a need rather than a commercial service for profits. While the terminology might sound a bit complex, cloud computing is anchored with efficiency and productivity nowadays.
Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, once said, “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements.”
Both enterprise and end-users benefit from its features and functions; here’s how the cloud affects you:
- Convenience and the virtual life at the office – the cloud changed the landscape of traditional office structure. From stationary desks and 9-to-5 working hours, virtual offices and flexible work hours are implemented in various organisations to maximise time, IT infrastructure operated by cloud and the ability of the team adapt to a flexible working environment.
Life at the office gives you the atmosphere of convenience and flexibility. With cloud, all things are possible, from working on documents using SharePoint to collaboration and testing of apps for developers.
- Communication at its best – to small- and medium-sized businesses, the cloud provides tons of notable features for small businesses and end-users, one of which is communication. Emails are accessible via mobile devices (tablets, smartphones and pocket PCs) and are collaborated with other team members within the organisation with a centralised email platform hosted by a cloud service provider.
The cloud provides centralised email platform for the team to communicate within the Intranet and collaborate projects with the use of apps integrated in the cloud.
The opportunities to communicate are endless; end-users enjoy a variety of public cloud features enabling them to send photos, share videos and send emails instantly.
- Small- and medium-sized business can go global – small- and medium-sized business will definitely leverage on the cloud, giving them more freedom to scale globally with significantly reduced overhead costs.
One of the smartest move for global expansion is to partner with a reliable cloud service provider that provides an IT infrastructure accessible to employees and IT admins worldwide, whether infrastructure as a service or a private cloud for flexible options. With the cloud, you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to expand in another country. Cloud computing reduces the costs and lets you take control of the infrastructure that will suit your technical needs.
- Rising entrepreneurs and bootstraps – the cloud offers individuals to create and test apps cheaply. Developing new projects is easier with exciting ways to collaboration as the spirit of entrepreneurialism rises up.
A tech startup can avail basic packages of cloud services where they can deploy necessary features to jumpstart a service or product. Whether it’s a complex modeling of a product or service, the cloud could accelerate the nature of innovation to individuals.
- Efficiency and productivity – both business owners and end-users can enjoy greater efficiency and productivity as they access cloud in a vast range of networks and systems.
The cloud makes it possible for business owners and end-users to use software and computing functions more invisible. This means that interaction to computers will be hands-free, and with just the use of a gesture or movement, the computer intuition is possible.
The list is endless, yet these are just a few pointers on how the cloud affects our tech life. But what if the cloud didn’t exist? Do you think our tech life is the same as what we’re experiencing now? Or could there be something better than the cloud? What do you think?
About the Author: Ross Harley works in an IT company in the USA and has many years of experience working within the technology industry.