The future of business computing, including small business, is the cloud. Cloud computing is essentially on-demand access to important computer resources, including network, servers, storage, applications and other services. A public cloud is a cloud resource that is open to the public for the purchase of services, or in some cases, for free. A public cloud translates capital expenditures into operational expenditures.

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In the minds of many computer experts, the cloud is nothing new. It is the same old computing technology in a new package. The cloud uses the same computing technologies that have been around for 30 years or more. The great thing about the cloud is that one does not have to be a computer guru to take advantage of computer resources because the cloud makes computing almost completely just point and click.

Larry Ellison, executive chairman at Oracle, states in an interview on YouTube, “We have redefined cloud computing to include everything that we currently do. I cannot think of anything that is not cloud computing. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion driven than women fashion. I do not understand what we would do differently in the light of cloud computing.”

The following are well known features of a cloud:

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  • Location is not an issue. Information can be accessed from any remote site via office PC, home PC, laptop, and cell phone.
  • Productivity is increased because teams can work on the same data and files that are stored in one convenient location.
  • A public cloud takes care of all the maintenance issues, including servers, operating system, updates, security and backups.
  • Virtualization is popular. An entire PC is stored in a remote location. The PC is actually just a piece of software, but it looks like a real desktop with sub-directories and loaded software too.

In a nutshell, the public cloud is a great advancement in technology. For a small business, it is cost effective to purchase computer services as needed. The cloud allows owners to concentrate on what is their core business.



This article was written by Richard Carranza of for CBS Small Business Pulse.

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