In simple terms, cloud computing is computing based, not in a physical machine, but on the internet. Instead of a bulky server housing all your integral business IT programmes, data and processes these are ‘hosted’ off-premise in huge data centres. A data centre is basically a giant server (made up of multiple high powered servers) where, along with thousands of other businesses, your business IT services are kept – or hosted – for access whenever you need them. So, you’ve freed up a bit of space in the office by not having a server but the benefits of moving your IT into the cloud go far, far beyond that. For businesses, cloud computing improves efficiency and productivity, whilst reducing overheads and increasing profit margins. Sound good?