One of the most common uses of the cloud we’ve come across is the choice of businesses to host their apps in the cloud – essential for those working at home and elsewhere. This means that users are able to access them easily and their business can continue when users need to work from home.
What does it mean?
Hosting applications in the cloud falls under the umbrella of SaaS (software as a service) which is use of a remote cloud infrastructure. This means users (no matter what their location is provided they can access the internet) have access to a whole gallery of applications. More often than not these can also be used from within the cloud infrastructure too.
Why is it so useful?
By hosting applications in the cloud, you’ve got the accessibility to make changes, update and release new versions all in real time, meaning that users won’t have to come to the office or have new versions manually installed. This reduces downtime and provides users with far greater flexibility than if the applications were hosted on physical hardware in an office environment.
What kind of applications are useful to host in the cloud?
Generally speaking, any type of application should be hosted in the cloud in the modern office environment. However the most common types are:
- Database Applications: Because of ongoing security concerns, those using database apps remotely need to be certain they can be used in a secure environment and that they’re unable to be accessed by any external agents. When handling sensitive data and/or code, security is of paramount concern and this is a huge plus for cloud hosting these.
- Email Management: New challenges faced by businesses all over the world have resulted in users needing immediate access to email clients and management applications. By hosting these in a cloud environment, users are able to access these quickly and easily without having to download software suits on to their computers.
- Content Management: Businesses need to manage and distribute their content in new ways, by hosting these apps within the cloud users are able to enhance the user experience when visiting their sites and/or other applications.
- Web Development: developers across the world have been forced into working from home, yet their needs haven’t changed. By offering new home based web developers the option to use the same software they would in an office, you’re increasing your business flexibility considerably.
- Design Software: Graphic design can be taxing on the very best machines, by giving users the option to use design software applications in a cloud environment you can lessen the demand for expensive hardware externally and provide something that users are able to seamlessly use in their day-to-day.
- Conferencing: Providing users with a safe, secure means of conferencing is essential to business operations. Hosting these within a cloud environment lessens the security risk and will improve the business functionality.
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