In general, “cloud computing” refers to an Internet-based computing service where the data processing takes place in an external data centre instead of being managed in-house. To illustrate, a webmail service is a cloud-based alternative to hosting your own email server. Most cloud computing services are accessed through a web browser like Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. There are also other cloud services that can be accessed via a dedicated mobile app or through a browser on a smart phone or tablet.

Cloud computing has gone from about a $75 billion industry in 2010 to over $150 billion last year, with potential to reach over $200 billion by 2016.

Some of the key advantages of cloud computing are:

• You can reduce costs by eliminating large capital expenditure on hardware and upgrades
• Allows you to focus on your business instead of managing and monitoring the IT supporting it
• Lets you scale growth and demand easily and responsively as needed
• Offers improved security and compliance
• Reduces your carbon footprint by using more power efficient technology
The drivers for a business to adopt a cloud based computing strategy are compelling indeed. Have a look at the infographic below {from QuoteColo} which will demonstrate the enormous potential for cloud computing in 2015 and beyond.

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