Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is basically Web-based / Internet facilitated technology. The entire application pool / softwares / resources run off the internet, which a user can access remotely.

It is just like ordering food from a restaurant. You do not have to bother about the cooking / dishes / heating / re-heating etc. You only have to enjoy the food when it arrives.

Why Cloud Computing?
It is called cloud computing, because everything is internet based and works off the internet, it is not dependant on a certain computer or server or service. It is like a huge pool of information, which is used for multiple mammoth services.

It is called “Cloud” computing because in Network diagrams, we use the cloud as a symbol for the Internet.

Benefits:

  • Cloud computing is seen as a way to break the barriers of space / resources and limited capacity of computers, by putting everything on the cloud i.e. the internet. This reduces cost and allows scalability in seconds.
  • Instead of running your applications yourself, they run on a shared data center. When you use any application that runs in the cloud, you just log in, customize it, and start using it. That’s the power of cloud computing.
  • CRM, HR, accounting etc. Cloud-based apps can be up and running in a few days
  • No need to buy servers and software. When your apps run in the cloud, you don’t buy anything. It’s all rolled up into a predictable monthly subscription, so you only pay for what you actually use. Perfect for the Indian Econo-Budgets.
  • It also does away with multiple IT Professionals / Support staff, since there is no maintenance required from the users end.


Examples:
Skype / Windows Live / Zoho (which mirakle couriers uses as an ERP) / SalesForce

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