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Everybody's Talking About Cloud Computing, Are You?

Updated on March 10, 2010

 If you thought it was about having a laptop while in an airplane and flying through clouds, you need to read to this.

Basically, Cloud computing is any service or program sent over the Internet. Thus, an outside vendor provides software or hardware services to a business for a fee. This allows the business to avoid buying it themselves and dealing with problems. This allows them to focus on their own business. Some business's will keep track of customer information and provide backup storage services.

Cloud computing does not have many upfront costs for business's, costs range for $5 to 50 monthly for such technical services that any business online needs to deal with. Some vendors sell computing power to business. Already 230,000 small businesses use Cloud Computing. Businesses gain from this computing because they can downsize their staff they would normally have to monitor and fix IT issues if they hire an outside vendor. Some businesses can reduce expenses by 20% over a period of time. Some businesses feel that Cloud Computing, allowing outside third party vendors handle software or hardware issues, is like the difference in leasing a car and buying a car. In some cases, it IS cheaper to buy the hardware or software than to "cloud compute". The biz simply needs to analyze their own situation and cloud computing costs over time.

The best advice is to try out the vendor offering the services that interest you. Most of these vendors allow for a free trial.


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    • Consonus Tech profile image

      Consonus Tech 7 years ago

      Nice Hub. You can also mention that even large companies can benefit from virtualization services. They are great for expanding existing IT resources, and not just for start-ups and small businesses.

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      Chinweike 8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      But, i thought is the duty and responsibilty of the client to protect her information. You know that the information is fully exposed to the vendor at the time of processing or what ever the contract might be, and at this point, all the client can do is make sure that there is a firewall or other forms of security place between her database and the already exposed data.

      So, what exactly do you recommend should be done to reduce the incidence of data leakage and data loss during the course of processing?

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      perrya 8 years ago

      Well, I am sure that topic would well covered between the 3rd party vendor and potential customer. I would think the burden would be on the vendor, but that may make it more expensive.

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      Chinweike 8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Yes, businesses gain as they can downsize their staff. But, the security implications of the instances is what am yet to make a stand on. Thanks for sharing