Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet.
Cloud–based is a term that refers to applications, services or resources made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s servers. Companies typically utilize cloud-based computing as a way to increase capacity, enhance functionality or add additional services on demand without having to commit to potentially expensive infrastructure costs or increase / train existing in-house support staff.
Cloud–based technology allows you to use programs and information that are stored on the internet rather than on your own computer.
In a cloud environment, consumers can deploy and run their software applications on a sophisticated infrastructure that is owned and managed by a cloud provider (eg, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform).
Essentially the cloud is in fact the Internet. In simple terms the ‘cloud’ is the ability to host a software platform or service from a remote location that can be freely accessed and used anywhere via Internet access. Instead of installing a suite of software programs on multiple computers, you only require one application log in similarly to signing into a Hotmail or Gmail account.
Additionally because the cloud is a hosted service and reduces the need for physical infrastructure it’s a much lower financial investment; with many cloud-based services designed as a ‘pay as you go model’. Effectively what was previously only available to large multinationals is now available to the smaller guys.
An industry that has embraced the cloud is the accommodation sector. Technology that was once only offered to the larger hotel chains is now obtainable by small and medium sized properties. Hotels of all sizes are realising the power of hosted solutions and how it helps to improve business efficiency.