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5 Little-Known Facts About Cloud Computing

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What is an adjective that best describes cloud computing? Universal. We use the cloud in numerous applications every day. It can help companies of all sizes to grow and better serve their clients. It even helps organizations around the world to improve the environment, keep kids in school, and advance developing nations. Read on to learn five little-known facts about cloud computing:

  1. Cloud saves energy:
    A case study using the CLEER (Cloud Energy and Emissions Research Model) simulation found that if all American businesses switched to the cloud, companies would shrink their energy footprints by a whopping 87%.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cloud-computing-saves-energy/ 
  2. Cloud can help developing nations:
    Developing nations could use the cloud’s help to bridge the digital and economic divides by using the cloud initiative. A great example is ULAP, a cloud-computing infrastructure located in the Philippines. It is designed for research universities, that are focused on increasing the number of Ph.D.s and students that intend to advance in science and technology. “This infrastructure creates demands for research infrastructure as professors and advanced science students require computing resources for research projects.”
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2011/11/03/how-cloud-computing-can-boost-developing-nations/ 
  3. Cloud can cut costs in universities:
    In 2000, the University Competence Centre (UCC) had universities pay $26,000 for the use of software; however, after switching to the use of a private cloud, each university now pays $6,760; more than 74% reduction in cost. In 2005 UCC delivered their services using virtualization; although, that cut the cost by half, it wasn’t enough scalability and that’s why they transitioned to cloud computing. By not spending as much on hardware and multiple servers, the cloud has flexibility that allows users to effortlessly change the university’s usage intensity and easily extend to other institutions:http://events.futuregov.asia/articles/2010/jul/19/cloud-helps-universities-cut-costs-74-cent/ 
  4. Cloud can protect your business from environmental disasters:
    When it comes to Mother Nature, there are no invincible data centers. Storing your data in the cloud can protect your data if an unexpected disaster occurs because it’s not dependent on one location. More flexibility means more safety:
    http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/cloud-computing-could-give-you-shelter-from-storms/ 
  5. Cloud assists those with special needs:
    Cloud computing supports ESA (Education Services of America), a company that provides alternative programs for those with special needs and students at-risk of dropping out. By using a private cloud, it was the best way to address the small IT staff. For the tech students, apps became easily accessible with the use of cloud. Also, by using the cloud it no longer limited the software being used, to only computers on site. The flexibility of cloud aids student’s specific needs; students can use the applications from home or elsewhere.
    http://www.govtech.com/education/Cloud-Helps-At-Risk-Special-Needs-Students.html

All of these facts include positive influences on the economy and society as a whole. Cloud isn’t just a service, it’s a movement. If you would like to find out how you can change your business through the cloud, contact us today to learn more.