Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

Cloud Computing Historically, for software to run on a computer an individual copy of the software had to be installed on the computer. The concept of “cloud” computing changes this. Cloud Computing The “cloud” refers to applications, services, and data storage located on the Internet. Cloud service providers rely on giant server farms and massive storage devices that are connected via the Internet. Cloud computing allows users to access software and data storage services on the Internet. You probably already use cloud computing in some form. For example, if you access your e-mail via your web browser, you are using a form of cloud computing if you are using Google Drive’s applications. While these are free versions of cloud computing, there is big business in providing applications and data storage over the web. Cloud computing is not limited to web applications. It can also be used for services such as audio or video streaming.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

• No software to install or upgrades to maintain. • Available from any computer that has access to the Internet. • Can scale to a large number of users easily. • New applications can be up and running very quickly. • Services can be leased for a limited time on an as-needed basis. • Your information is not lost if your hard disk crashes or your laptop is lost or stolen. • You are not limited by the available memory or disk space

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