The Impact of Cloud Computing on Information Technology

Cloud computing is the term used to describe a computing system that is accessed through the internet and gives the user the benefit of shared processing of data. It works as a bunch of shared software configurable devices. This technology brought the potential for many changes in the functioning of major IT hubs. Companies used to rely on customized applications that were available as a software package on their premises. To work on such platforms, the company had to install a server to host the program and ensure access from various fixed terminals. Now, the in-house server space is outsourced to a third party. The responsibility for the uptime, accessibility, maintenance, and functionality is handled by the service provider.

Industry experts believe that cloud computing and hosted software application management has lured the corporate world primarily for the ability to minimize costs. They believe that the trend will further scale up the productivity and efficiency of the core business. As these services are hosted by a service provider, the cost of operation and maintenance of IT infrastructure can be reallocated and utilized in other crucial sectors.

Cloud computing has had a major impact on the way the world views enterprise computing. The effects have their pros and cons, and they are not always easy to distinguish. Opinions vary from person to person, but there are some aspects that both sides agree on. Some of these are listed below.

Pros

  • Offers recovery of data in case of data loss from the backup files.
  • Has flexible bandwidth that is supplied according to company’s demand.
  • Regular updates to keep the software up-to-date.
  • No additional cost of server or software maintenance.
  • Suitable for scalable needs such as fluctuating employee numbers.
  • Remotely accessible software solution.
  • One-click login feature to ensure security.
  • Online document sharing and collaboration.

Cloud computing is an evolving technology and if applied to the right projects, yields best results in terms of efficiency, data sharing, and compilation. The companies that work on small or short-term projects or where scalability is an important factor, cloud computing technology can prove to be invaluable.

About the Author:

Afshin at Nextware Technologies brings more than twenty years of experience to the team in developing state-of-the-art IT solutions and re-engineering business processes. He joins us from Moog, Inc., a leading aerospace manufacturing firm, where he managed a team of engineers and IT staff supporting a global user base in 26 countries. Prior to Moog, he helped transform Curlin Medical from a struggling, single-product medical device manufacturer to a diversified, $70M powerhouse with 250 employees worldwide and a range of highly-differentiated flagship products. Afshin received his B.S. in Computer Science from California State University of Fullerton.

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