Everyone is ‘cloud this’ or ‘cloud that’ at the moment. It certainly is the buzz. And if you think about the systems you use at home or in business, a growing percentage of systems are now running on the cloud. But what does that mean?
Essentially, you run a piece of software on a ‘remote’ server, rather than a physical computer at home or in your office. Using visualization, cloud servers can be deployed anywhere in the world and allow you to run software remotely.
The benefits of cloud computing need to be carefully considered as you are placing your software and data in the hands of hosting companies. From our experience, we have found cloud computing to be an incredibly worthwhile experience for the following reasons:
- We don’t need to worry if a hard drive crashes – hosting company handles this
- We don’t worry about power or Internet connectivity – again, with the hosting company
- We don’t need to worry about backing up data – once again, the hosting company (or 3rd party)
- We can upscale or downscale a computer/server’s performance within minutes
- We have access to our computers/servers from anywhere in the world (with Internet!)
- The exercise is far more cost effective than buying/installing physical computers/servers
And there are several more…
Accrivia on the Cloud is a perfect example of an application suited to a cloud-hosted server. Many of our clients now run their Accounts and Payroll from the cloud and are reaping the benefits of this solution. If you currently run Accrivia on an in-house computer or server, perhaps it’s time you stuck your head in the cloud! Get in touch to find out how.