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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the ability to access, store, manage, and process data on a network of remote servers (data centers) hosted on the Internet, rather than on a personal computer or local server. The Cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing is storing and accessing applications and data over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The user accesses the Cloud via an Internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or phone. For example, QuickBooks Online is a Cloud-based application. You access the application and manage and process your stored company data through an Internet connected device.

The benefits of Cloud computing are as follows:

  • Safe storage (never losing data to hardware issues or disasters),
  • Ease of access (access the application and data at any time and from anywhere with any Internet connected device),
  • Shared access (share your application and data with associates or clients),
  • Up-to-date software (when you access Cloud software, it's the latest version), and
  • Little to no maintenance or hardware costs.