What is cloud technology ?
Cloud technology is nothing but large data centers well connected by internet and accessible from anywhere in the world over internet, which are maintained by reputed companies like Google, Amazon or Microsoft to name a few. Gmail is one of the best email app on the cloud, which we often use in our everyday life. Cloud applications have some advantages over desktop applications. They can be less expensive, simpler to manage, and easier to update. On the other hand, there may be reasons to keep your application on your desktop, including network bandwidth.
Cloud Software Applications :
Delivered over internet, wide access across all locations and platforms.
Uses third party cloud service providers like Amazon or Google.
No compatibility issues with the current hardware.
Works well on PC, Tablet, Mobile or Linux machines.
Accessible over any web-browser.
No special infrastructure required at the user end.
Cloud software can take care of the spikes in case of increase in user requirements.
No action required at the user end for new updates of the software.
Desktop Software Applications :
Delivered over an installed client on the desktop.
Comes with hardware compatibility list (user computers need to be upgraded).
Not accessible outside the office premise unless all the branches are interconnected with personal network.
Infrastructure and it’s maintenance is the responsibility of the user.
Hardware upgrades and new license purchases would be required if the user requirement increases.
Software version upgrades are a complex activity (desktop clients and the server needs to be upgraded with every version upgrade of the software).