Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Technology's Floating on a Cloud

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Technology's Floating on a Cloud

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CLOUD computing is emerging as a new technology that could have some significant benefits to business.

Instead of buying a server, an operating system or software programs like Word or Excel outright, users of cloud computing access these features online and only pay for what they use.

"It is the way forward," EH Technology business development manager Adam MacLennan said.

"It has historically been up there in the enterprise space, but it's slowly becoming more available in the small and medium business market.

"We do it with Microsoft's SPLA (Services Provider License Agreement), where we own the system's hardware and customers log in to use certain services which may be their operating system, Word or email (exchange) and they get charged for what they use.

"You don't have any huge outlay, you don't have to buy a server for $20,000, for example, and set it all up with operating systems and programs, you can go and use cloud computing and you might only pay $400 a month depending on the number of users. …

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