Cloud computing is the new buzzword for high-tech businesses. It allows users to run applications across the Internet. Many businesses have improved productivity by using the cloud.

Companies that use the cloud are also no longer bound to a single physical location. Since the applications are stored on a Web server, employees can work wherever they have a stable, relatively secure connection to the Internet. A computer becomes a service utilised by the company rather than a product.

It is easier to maintain a cloud application than a standalone, both because the application is centralised and because the runtime environment is not dependent on the user’s activity. A single unsecured file might bring down the entire system in a localised environment, but damage control would usually stop that in a cloud.

It is cheaper to use cloud computing than a localised environment, at least initially. Companies don’t spend as much on getting set up compared to a localised environment, since they only need to spend money on the workstation, the system, and Internet access.

The workstation doesn’t need to be as powerful as it would be otherwise, since all the major work is done on the server. They also are able to purchase cloud applications on a per-organisation rather than a per-user license, such as with Dell Cloud computing. Since professional software can be very expensive, the savings on using cloud software are huge.

Deployment of new capabilities becomes much easier over the cloud. Companies only need to install the program once, on the Web server, and all employees who need access will be able to. Furthermore, companies do not need to stop work to do this, or at least minimally to restart the server.

Companies are able to monitor system use easier via the cloud. Therefore, there is less likely employees will be wasting resources.