In the past, computer repairs were an unavoidable aspect of running business applications from a physical location. The IT support required to maintain the system also constituted a considerable operational expense, especially for small businesses. Many advanced software programs also required expensive hardware components in order to run properly. Fortunately, both the IT support and hardware expenses necessary to maintain this traditional configuration can now be reduced.
The development of the cloud signals a remarkable change in many of these basic cost assumptions. For example, it is now possible to utilize online IT support through the host environment. The business can effectively increase their access to IT without contracting the work to a technician who must appear in person.
Cloud computing also makes it possible to reduce the amount of hardware needed to run essential applications. The most power-consuming tasks can now be performed by remote servers instead of the company’s computer. Additionally, IT support for the entire system is effectively outsourced to the provider. Small businesses can now avoid the burden of owning and operating a business server; however, they can still gain access to an overall computational capacity comparable to even the largest competitor.