Thursday, March 22, 2012
Cloud computing has proven its ability to shore up the IT infrastructure of organizations in a number of industries around the world. No matter what field a company focuses on, it can benefit from the cloud's flexibility, scalability and cost benefits, according to a recent report from CloudTweaks.
"Through cloud computing, users are able to perform tasks like analysis of sales data, storing medical information of patients and estimating business venture risks," the report stated. "For a regular business, the computing costs are the same and the service provider often absorbs any upfront costs related to cloud computing."
For many organizations, file hosting and file sharing programs have proven to be the most useful and effective areas of cloud computing.
When companies send information to a hosted platform, it frees the IT department from worrying about on-premise data storage space and many of the challenges that come with maintaining data centers and servers. This is especially beneficial for smaller companies that may not have the capacity or resources to have an IT department or data center.
"Business executives are now looking into savings they’ll generate from support personnel, software licenses, power and space if they get to the cloud," the report said.
The file sharing capabilities of online data storage solutions have also promoted collaborative environments within companies. By sharing information through the cloud, employees can quickly and easily gain insight from colleagues or work together on special tasks and projects.
Moving forward, cloud computing will continue to serve as a driver of IT job growth as more companies work to adopt the technology in the coming years, according to a new report from SAP. Analysts also predict that the use of cloud computing applications will help global businesses save $625 billion during the next five years.
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