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How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business!

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Many of us have been hearing about cloud computing for years now, but most people still don’t really understand what “the cloud” is and how it can be used to benefit their business.

What is Cloud Computing – When Googled, this seems to be the most popular definition of the term: “Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like electricity.”

Still confused? We know. Maybe this will help. Cloud computing is the outsourcing of computer tasks to outside service providers. Most cloud computing providers offer common software applications or services online, which can be accessed from another web server or browser, while the actual software and data is stored in the “cloud” on Internet servers. Governor Business Solutions offers a solution that will let you print from anywhere with the HP Flow CM Professional cloud.

How it Works – Most cloud computing infrastructures are made up of reliable services that are built on servers and accessed and delivered via data centers. Cloud computing customers usually pay for service and usage as it’s consumed in the same way that we pay the power company only for the electricity we use. This helps companies avoid large capital expenditures for hardware, software and IT services.

What’s involved? – There are all sorts of resources and applications in the cloud. One of the most popular types of cloud resources is Software as a Service (SaaS). Largely user-friendly and readily accessible, SaaS is software and its associated data hosted centrally in the cloud and delivered via the Internet. Most people are already using SaaS applications in the cloud without knowing it. GoogleDocs, Pandora, SalesForce.com, and Mint.com are all examples of SaaS—many of which provide basic services and usage for free. Cloud utilities are another popular cloud-based resource because they utilize shared resources and economies of scale to provide digital storage and data backup. Sites like MozyHome and Dropbox are popular today.

The Bottom Line – Businesses can utilize the cloud to reduce spending, lighten their infrastructures, ease internal stress, and decrease downtime on company sites. However, businesses will have to pay for cloud services and resources as they use them. Learn more about how Governor Business Solutions HP Flow CM Professional solutions to manage, store, deliver and reduce your costs of managing content.

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