What Is Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a term that refers to a technology in which storage, software, and processing happen on a remote server instead of the device in front of you, be it a cellphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. This blog post looks at Cloud Computing from an IT start-up point of view.

Cloud computing is a current hot trend in the tech space and with the big tech companies providing cloud computing platforms the trend is set to continue for a long time to come. Startup IT companies, which are not saddled with the legacy cost of already bought hardware and software, are at an advantage to immediately make the transition to cloud computing without much disruption to their daily operations.

Cost Effective
StartUp companies enjoy cloud computing and its pay as you use principle. The pay as you use principle is attractive to startup companies because they do not have to put up a big upfront investment into their IT infrastructure in order to service their customers. These start-up companies will often be cash flow negative and thus enjoy the flexibility of being able to pay less for using fewer resources in the cloud.

Fast Provisioning
The major advantage of cloud computing is fast provisioning whereby a new device can be connected to the cloud very fast and without any human intervention on the part of the cloud computing supplier.
Pre-Cloud Computing days, if a new employee needed access to say Word Processing Software like Microsoft Office Word, you would have to order a CD of the software which would take time to arrive then your system administrators will have to install the software on the new user's device.

Subscription Based
Cloud computing is often a subscription-based service in which the startup company will have access and use of the cloud as long as they have a fully paid-up subscription with the provider. When the startup company fails to pay the subscription as the agreed-upon interval, the provider will simply disable the startup company's account and access will be denied. All company sensitive data, such as sale figures and client info, will be unaccessible and after a short duration permanently deleted by the cloud computing provider. This is both a disadvantage and advantage of cloud computing in that company sensitive data is stored away from the company's premises, or servers controlled by the company, but in the cloud.

Popular Cloud Computing Providers

  1. Amazon Web Services
  2. Microsoft Azure
  3. Google Cloud

Jacob Makofane

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CEO and Founder of Mabotse Makofane (Pty) Ltd. Jacob is an avid reader of both business and historical politcal books. In his spare time he enjoy plays golf and going the picnic with his family for a relaxing afternoon of fresh air and braai meat.