Cloud computing is quickly replacing the traditional model of having software applications installed on premise hardware, from desktop computers to rooms full of servers, depending on the size of the business. With cloud computing, businesses access applications via the internet. It's called Software As a Service (SaaS). Businesses are freed up from having to maintain or upgrade software and hardware. Just log on and get to work, from anywhere and, in many cases, any device. Salesforce is the leader in cloud computing, offering applications for all aspects of business, including CRM,sales, ERP, Customer service, marketing automation, business analytics, mobile application building, and much more. And it allworks on the same, connected platform, drawing from the same customer data.
And because it's all in cloud as opposed to being installedon premise, even the largest,
enterprise wide deployments can happen in a fraction of the time of traditional deployments,
which can take over a year."
Use an online service to send email, edit documents,watch movies or TV, listen to music, play games, or store pictures and other files, it's likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The first cloud computing services are barely a decade old, but already a variety of organizations from tiny startups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons.
Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site datacenters - the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up fast.
Most cloud computing services are provided self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
scale On site datacenters typically require a lot of "racking and stacking" hardware set up, software patching, and other time consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure datacenters, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate datacenter, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business Continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider's network.