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CAPE TOWN - As technology evolves, so does the way business operate. Cloud-Computing has been embrace by many but before you can actually use the application you first need to understand the process.

What is cloud-computing?

Before, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building. Cloud-computing changed this as it is computing based on the internet.

So it allows people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet. Applications such as the basics of storage, networking, and processing power through and standard office applications. 

Any service that doesn't require you to be physically close to the computer hardware that you are using can be delivered via the cloud.

How does cloud-computing work?

Instead of owning your own computing infrastructure or data centers, companies can rent access to anything from applications to storage from a cloud service provider. So you don't have to own and maintain your own IT infrastructure, and instead simply pay for what you use, when you use it.

The advantages of using the cloud:

1. It is cheaper

Since you don't have to own an IT infrastructure, companies don’t have to spend significant money on hardware, facilities, utilities and other aspects of operations.

Businesses, no matter what their type or size, exist to earn money while keeping capital and operational expenses to a minimum. With cloud computing, you can save substantial capital costs with zero in-house server storage and application requirements.

2. Accessibility is made easier

Companies which would be the clients are able to access their applications and data from anywhere at any time. They could access the cloud computing system using any computer linked to the Internet.

3. Improved collaboration

Cloud applications improve collaboration by allowing dispersed groups of people to meet virtually and easily share information in real time and via shared storage.

4. Reliable

As it is a managed service platform, cloud computing is much more reliable and consistent than in-house IT infrastructure. Most providers offer a Service Level Agreement which guarantees around the clock service and 99.99% availability.

When speaking to Alexandre Grais, A founder of Kapptivate a test and monitoring soltuions comany at AfricaCom, he said that his company relies on cloud-computing and that there are many advantages to using it.

Here is what he had to say: