Why should you use cloud computing?
Well, prior to Thursday’s class, I honestly had no idea what cloud computing was. And, I am still a little confused: but after more research I assumed this to be the best explanation: Instead of installing software onto your computer, software applications are delivered as a service through the Internet. Cloud computing is an Internet based approach on “Software as a Service” (SaaS). Another interesting fact that I learned was this : Cloud computing takes less resources to operate (reducing IT costs and centralizing information) and is able to efficiently report carbon emissions. It offers an advantage over traditional software in “environmental enterprise resource planning,” through providing improved data management and performance and lowering costs. It is easier to achieve and record environmental, health, and safety requirements for the tech world with the cloud!
Another 5 reasons to use cloud computing:
1) Cloud computing saves time: less time & resources spent on dealing with software maintenance and support to ensure IT systems work
2) Cuts costs: customer does not have to purchase or install hardware/operating systems/databases/servers/system software
3) Cloud computing is on-demand and up-to-date: cloud computing providers are responsible for upgrading the software.. .the maintenance/updates occurs automatically
4) Offers security and scalability: ex. full data encryption, advanced virus protection, etc.
5) Delivers greater understanding of collected data: ex. allows for the ability to create a carbon, energy, or sustainability index for an industry, and then one can compare performance with other industries.
I got most of this information from an information blog post: GreenBiz