What is the "CLOUD"?

Over the past few years, many have been hearing the term “CLOUD.” During my meetings with clients, I am asked all the time, "What is meant by the 'CLOUD'?" Simply put, the “CLOUD” refers to servers or applications that are located at various data centers throughout the world and having access to applications that are not located in your physical office.

Some successful examples of “CLOUD” applications include: CRM applications such as SalesForce.com, MicrosoftDynamics, Netsuite and others; E-MAIL applications such as Hosted Exchange by Microsoft. Online Backup applications have been around for a very long time and are a form of “CLOUD.” Everyday new applications are moving to the “CLOUD.”

In the next 5 to 10 years, most of the applications that we use will be in the “CLOUD.” Your office of today will be different. You may have a smaller, thinner workstation or client, maybe even your smart phone, that will access your business applications, but the servers will be somewhere else in the world. Your data access speeds will be unlike anything we have available today.

Tune in again to find out more about the “CLOUD,” and check out our Cloud Computing page for the benefits and types of cloud.

(This has been a President Post by Guy Baroan)

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