Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources – everything from applications to data centers – over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis.
According to Ben Gram, when talking about the cloud, we are talking broadly about online storage, tools, and services that make it easier for people and businesses to connect, share, store information, build relationships, make sales, and create value. “Cloud computing” is not just about technology; it’s about finding new ways for your business to work efficiently and access convenient tools and serve your customers better. In general, cloud computing is a matter of providing certain technology solutions (software, platforms, servers, infrastructure, etc.) as a “service” instead of as a product.
With many businesses now embracing cloud services, even small businesses now have the ability to access the same type of cloud services that used to be only affordable for large companies. Small businesses can access cloud services at a cost and scale that works for them.
Cloud Computing is a broad term that describes a broad range of services. Some businesses choose to implement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), this are tools that enable your business to, in effect, subscribe to an online application or services. Examples of Saas cloud tools include Google Apps, Salesforce.com, online accounting softwares, online invoicing or payroll management programs or any other online tools that help you manage your business and be productive. There is also Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), where a business can create its own custom applications for use by all in the company. And there is also Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), where players like Amazon, Microsoft and Google provide a backbone that can be “rented out” by other companies.
We will be hosting a forum to discuss whether cloud is important when running a business. The forum will be in partnership with Oracle that offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems.Representatives from Oracle will be present at the forum to shed more light on Oracle cloud service and contribute to the discussion of the day. Among the questions that will be discussed during the forum include:
- Can developers leverage on cloud to simplify development?
- Is cloud safe for businesses to use?
- Challenges of internet of things uptake in Africa
Details of the forum:
Theme: Is Cloud important when running a business?
Where: iHub, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road
When: Friday 29th July from 5.00 PM to 7.00 PM
To participate in the event, kindly RSVP HERE