Assessing the Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses in Africa

The "Cloud" is a frequent topic of discussion among small business owners, hardware and software vendors, analysts, consultants, and many others. Most vendors today offer cloud-based services, and the issue of cloud-based communication has become part of the greater discussion about every aspect of computing. The cloud is important for small businesses because of its three primary benefits: the cloud can significantly reduce the costs of providing email, voice, fax, real-time and other forms of communication compared to managing these services using internally deployed and managed infrastructure, the cloud can improve communications by eliminating the impact of electricity or Internet outages, and it can minimize the impact of slow Internet connections.

Provided by: Osterman Research Topic: Software Date Added: Nov 2012 Format: PDF

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