With every passing year, Cloud Computing is gaining more attraction with IT users, SMEs and even individuals. But what is cloud computing exactly? And what are the benefits of using a cloud computing services? That’s what you’ll read in this blog!
Could Computing simply is any kind of remote internet server or resource that you can log into to manage, store or process data. So the service you use to digitally backup your phone or computer, the software organizations use for various internet services and even the use of email or social media accounts like Instagram can be classified as a cloud computing.
Many companies are creating a cloud version of their software where you pay for a monthly or yearly subscription to use the software or application online, rather than buying its CD and downloading it to your computer.
Cloud Computing has different models that includes: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Unified Communications as a Service.
There are many benefits for using Cloud Computing, for example you can access your account from anywhere where there’s internet and if you store your data in a cloud service you can easily recover your data to any device you are working on. For companies, it can save money on software licenses, as the company can buy one cloud service that all its employees will have access to instead of buying a software to be downloaded to each employee’s computer. It also allows for collaborations between individuals and departments who work in one project or program. Cloud Computing is also environmentally friendly as you won’t be needing to use as many hardware as you do without it.
The downside of Cloud Computing is that you can’t access your accounts without internet access, but to be honest, who work these days without the internet! Unless you’re doing a Digital Detox, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
It’s true, however, that there is risk for everything, but it comes to ourselves to educate ourselves about any new technology we are using, so here’s some tips to keep your data safer:
- Research: Like I said, it’s good to educate yourself, so research all the cloud service providers until you find one that suits your needs and know how it works!
- Read the Agreement: I know we rarely ever do that, but if you’re storing your own data you need to check the license for using the service, and it should take 5 minutes only to read the agreement
- Backup your data: There is no harm in keeping one offline storage that contains at least the most important data you’re storing. Especially, if you’re a company with financial and customers documentations
- Storing Sensitive Information: Try to avoid that, just in case, but if you need to maybe the next tip could help
- Encryption: This can strengthen the protection over your data and some cloud services offer to encrypt and decrypt your data if you want
- Passwords: This as always is very important to think of. Always use a strong password that you can remember and take good care of it
- Reference: Ask people or companies who used this specific service about what they think of it and if they had faced any issue with it
- Try It Out: After you choose a service, do a test storage first, especially if you’re using it for your business or to store valuable information. Try the encryption and decryption, so you know how to do it and not to get stuck in between.
So, here you go. Now you know a little bit more about Cloud Computing. I sure did myself. I kept thinking it was only a program with a cloud logo on it! Now I know better.