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Is Cloud Computing for you? Five points to consider

Seamus Bellamy | Nov. 30, 2011
If your business isn't leveraging cloud technology as part of its daily operations yet, there's a good chance that it will be within next few years. According to Cisco, the global Internet traffic generated by the use of cloud computing services will increase 12-fold by 2015.

Perhaps most importantly, on days where you just can't bear the thought of heading into work, you'll still be able to keep tabs on your business from a laptop or tablet from the comfort of your own home. (Just remember to change out of your pajamas before doing any video conferencing.)

5. Future-Proofing

Everyone knows that a new car depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot. The same can be said for computing solutions: As soon as you invest in new hardware or software, something faster or more efficient will be announced. Thanks to cloud computing, this cruel reality becomes a frustration of the past. Cloud computing provisioning is a business, and just like any other money-making venture, competition is the name of the game. As new, faster technologies emerge, you can bet that your provider will jump at the opportunity to provide them to you, for fear of losing your business to another company. This means that the software you use, and the speed at which you'll be able to access your data will typically be second to none.

Seamus Bellamy is a Victoria, Canada based author, journalist and all-around geek.


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