Cloud computing is a buzzword in the tech industry. More and more companies are offering cloud services for everything from network reliability to data storage. The term itself refers to an Internet-based service that allows for some kind of computer service often through a third party.
Cloud computing has benefits for many companies. A cloud-based service allows companies to avoid the heavy start up costs in infrastructure. As with data storage and utilization of software tied into the cloud, a company can forego typical costs in maintenance. Proponents of a cloud system say security is stronger within the cloud as well because the data is centralized.