Answers for execs’ top questions about cloud computing

Cloud computing is a hot topic in IT, but a lot of executives and other non-IT leaders still don’t know much about the basics of the technology. In this guest post, Christopher Allen Samson offers some easy ways to answer the most common questions. 

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Cloud computing is technology that is already considered a vital addition to the office system of bigger companies, but it’s still met with apprehension by business owners who are not yet familiar with the system. To help educate and encourage business leaders who are curious about cloud computing, here is some knowledge to answer the most common questions asked around:

How does it work?

Cloud computing systems are made up of two major sections: the front end and the back end. Desktops and laptops used by employees comprise the front end, and this is where all the work is done, including data compilation, communication and email, plus other tasks such as those for creative projects.

To run these tasks, the values and data are then sent to a network of computers called the “cloud”, and this is where you’ll find the back end. Servers and storage systems are then used to organize all the processes being run, and requested information or results are then sent back to the front end, completing the cycle.

In the middle of these sections are a set of rules or protocols that determine the elements needed to run the programs. This includes memory, speed, destination and security features such as passwords and restrictions.

Is cloud computing secure?

Access to certain files and applications can be protected and regulated through encryption programs. In the office setup, only the front-end users will be able to open folders and have unrestricted permissions to work on the project files.

Encryption works by providing a “key” to a unit, allowing solitary access to retrieve office assets. Companies don’t have to worry about having files placed somewhere else, since there’s no way the back end can unlock the encrypted passwords. Cloud providers are able to store and arrange for enough memory to work on files, but everything will appear distorted if viewed without the encryption key.

Is it prone to latency?

When you send an email to someone else through the internet, it reaches their inbox instantaneously. It’s as fast as we hope data is transferred through office systems, and it’s the same speed we can expect of cloud computing services.

Quality providers are not limited by the amount of infrastructure they can apply to your setup, and the only issue with latency you’ll probably encounter is Internet speed. Thankfully, the emergence of Google Fiber and other new technology has given us hope of having consistent connections that will not disrupt computer operations.

Why is it important?

Various software programs are being used to accomplish the tasks mentioned above, requiring companies to invest in activation licenses or product keys. If your staff is made up of several departments, then the cost involved can accumulate and affect your financial profile. Cloud providers let you just focus on one direct source application for all office computing tasks, and it’s much more simpler than having to undergo installing procedures every time you need new software.

Cloud computing can contribute to removing barriers to productivity such as downtime caused by installations and upgrades. The technology is designed to be more affordable than acquiring software licenses on a regular basis. Knowing the basics will give you leverage in deciding which provider to hire for cloud computing services. But remember to follow through with consultations and more research so you can prepare your business as the office system evolves for the future.

About the author: Christopher Allen Samson is passionate about utilizing technology such as Cloud Solutions to improve well-being and the office environment. He does research on current tech trends and analyzes how they can be applied to simplify our lives. You may follow him on Google+.

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