By Shatakshi Singhania.
This is an extract from an article originally published by Nina Iraq, and is reproduced here with permission.
“Moving to the cloud” was a phrase found only in fairy tales just two decades ago.
Today, however, it refers to the use of servers, storage and other tools located in the Internet rather than on local hardware.
And “the cloud” is a larger part of your life than you think – if you have ever used Facebook to store your photos, read an email on Gmail or uploaded a video to Youtube, then you are already a direct user of “the cloud”.
Just as an individual user has lower costs (and effort) by not saving and organising all their emails on their computer’s hard drive or downloading millions of videos to their personal hard drive, businesses too can significantly reduce their costs and improve their efficiency thanks to cloud-based applications.