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Why & How Businesses are Using Cloud Computing for Internal & Consumer Mobile Apps

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Not every company wants its entire business in the Cloud, but there is one area that is responsible for much of the growth in Cloud Computing: mobile apps. Businesses are choosing Cloud hosting for mobile apps because it makes possible an integrated security and management suite for all different kinds of cell phones and tablets. Rather than being native to individual devices, these apps exist in the Cloud (where all the processing and storage occurs), with mobile devices used simply as access points, offering reliability at a lower cost.

Bill Claybrook of SearchCloudApplications.com argues for companies implementing Bring Your Own Device (aka BYOD, the IT policy that allows personal cell phone use for work purposes), it’s especially important. BYOD will become more of an issue as it becomes commonplace to use mobile devices when accessing critical aspects of a companies system.

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The Growing Cloud

Numerous industries have already realized the benefits provided by Cloud Computing. That’s why tons of companies have already started adopting and integrating the technology into their businesses. While most of know the various uses for Cloud Computing, you may find some below you haven’t thought of yet.

Data Storage

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

Odd as it may sound, it’s still common for business to maintain their electronic data on in-house servers. Cloud Computing allows businesses to store their data remotely in a secure datacenter located the world away. While some companies choose to house their servers in their kitchen (I recently visited a company whose sandwiches were made next to their internal email server) Cloud Computing unshackles companies from their internal servers – in the process freeing up physical space and freeing up OPEX and CAPEX expenditures.

Cloud Computing solutions create an environment where employees can work together by having immediate access to the same information regardless of their location. Not only does Cloud storage save your business money on expensive software (CAPEX), it also saves space on the hard drive of each employee’s computer. Why would anyone outsource their electronic data storage? It’s simple, not only are the benefits of remote data storage plentiful, it’s extremely affordable, too.

As previously mentioned, the Cloud allows companies to take their internal servers off their books. This means companies no longer have to shell out upwards of $50,000 every few years to maintain and replace their internal server housing their email and phone needs. As automatic software updates save companies on CAPEX, no server equipment maintenance/replacement saves companies tons of dough on OPEX.

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