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Cloudy, with the chance of more clouds: an overview of the cloud market

April 10, 2015   By: Adam Edmondson

Cloud computing has been around for years, so you’d expect we would have moved beyond the need to explain it, right?

Based on some of the questions I typically get asked by leaders in the recruitment industry, I’m not so sure the definition is as clear as it should be. There are many vendors in the market who offer ‘cloud recruitment systems’ – in this series of articles I aim to clarify the different types of ‘cloud’.

Let’s start with the fount of all knowledge: Wikipedia. Wikipedia describes cloud computing as “… a phrase used to describe a variety of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network such as the Internet. In science, cloud computing is a synonym for distributed computing over a network, and means the ability to run a program or application on many connected computers at the same time.”

Ocloud technologyk, then. That clears that up. Perhaps a better way of articulating it is this: cloud computing describes a type of outsourcing of computer services, similar to the way in which electricity supply is outsourced.

Users can simply use it. They do not need to worry where the electricity is from, how it is made, or transported. Every month, they pay for what they consumed.

Given there are now terms like ‘fake cloud’ or ‘community cloud’ versus ‘true cloud’ or ‘public cloud’, I’d like to dive a bit deeper to bust some myths and uncover the truth that not every cloud has a silver lining!

Every business owner expects their investment in new technology to have positive impacts both in the short and long term. In this case, if you’re thinking these technologies might be worth exploring further, it pays to really understand what it is, beyond the seducing marketing hype and jargon.

Most business owners realise you can use such a solution on a computer through a browser or via mobile, however there’s much more to it than that. There’s essentially two types of cloud applications a recruitment agency can utilise: ‘community cloud’ and ‘public cloud’.

Next in this series: Public vs Community Cloud

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