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Cloud computing is a generic term describing the use of remote servers, accessible over the internet, to store and manage data, applications and resources. Instead of relying solely on local infrastructure, architects can leverage cloud services to store project files, collaborate, run software and access data from anywhere. Cloud computing can offer flexibility, scalability and cost-efficiency to enable more rapid deployment of people and processes while removing the overhead burden of on-site technology management.
Investment in technology solutions to improve project delivery, operational stability and business confidence is essential for most architectural practices. Cloud technology replicates the onsite infrastructure of a practice, or aspects of it, and hosts it on an external server accessed over the internet. There are both advantages and risks associated with this technology.