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by: Christine Swartzendruber, Chief Technology Officer

The “cloud” is the internet, so very simply, cloud computing is putting material on the internet. The internet is the center of our lives. It’s how we communicate with friends, it’s how we shop, how we look up information, it’s even how we make decisions like which movie we’ll see or what food we’ll eat. Going forward it will become more than that. It will be where we work as well.

As budgets remain tight, more small and mid-sized businesses are turning to the cloud to cut costs. Cloud computing allows companies to outsource the maintenance burden of servers and applications while gaining the benefit of being able to access their data from anywhere with an internet connection. It has revolutionized the way people manage and organize their data because it provides a convenient way of accessing computing services, independent of the hardware you use or your physical location. It relieves the need to store information on your PC, mobile device or gadget. Any information you need can be quickly and easily accessed via the net.

Every day new companies are offering their clients easier, better, faster and more secure options for cloud computing. Analysts have indicated that future technology leaders will gravitate to cloud-based models as a way to deploy software and to store content. The trend points to PCs becoming a gateway into the cloud – removing the need for onboard storage and freeing consumers to leap from one device to another depending on their needs.