What is the cloud and how does it help the fashion
Cloud computing is the practice of using a network
of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process
data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Proponents claim that cloud computing allows companies to limit or
completely avoid upfront infrastructure costs. Rather than build
their own infrastructure clothing companies can focus on designing,
manufacturing, or retailing clothes and not managing a network of
servers. This technology is transforming the world and helping
many industries become more efficient and potentially save money in the
In summary, cloud computing means storing and
accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's
Cloud computing is also known as 'on-demand
computing'. One way to wrap your head around the concept is to
think about it as a kind of Internet-based computing. If you have
access to the internet, you can work with a cloud based service to
access shared resources.
Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users
and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their
data in third-party data centers rather than have their own servers in
their own building. It relies on sharing of resources to achieve
coherence and economies of scale, similar to a utility (like the
electricity grid) over a network. At the foundation of cloud computing
is the broader concept of shared services. Shared resources, data,
and other sorts of information are provided to computers and other
Cloud computing offers clothing, footwear, and
accessories businesses many benefits. It allows you to set up what is
essentially a virtual office to give you the flexibility of connecting
to your business anywhere, any time. With the growing number of
web-enabled devices used in today's business environment (e.g.
smartphones, tablets), access to your data is even easier.
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous,
convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable
computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and
services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal
Cloud computing is a major trend transforming the
way companies meet their information technology (IT) needs. This
technology helps all industries including the apparel industry.
Cloud computing offers significant new potential for increasing
productivity and time-to-market for clothing companies around the world.
One way that garment companies are utilizing this new technology is by
using cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems, cloud
Point of Sale systems, etc.
Cloud POS for Fashion
WFX Cloud PLM
The main enabling technology for cloud computing is
virtualization. Virtualization software separates a physical
computing device into one or more "virtual" devices, each of which can
be easily used and managed to perform computing tasks.
Technology is doing a fabulous job of boosting
productivity and time-to-market for numerous fashion companies.
More importantly, it can help reduce the IT expenses for the apparel
This tech is a work in progress and we look forward
to seeing more ways that cloud computing will benefit our industry.
If you want to know more about the Cloud, you can
read the “What is the Cloud?" articles on various tech sites.
The Beginners Guide to the Cloud
What is the Cloud and Where is it?
What is the Cloud?
What is Cloud Computing?
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technology in the fashion industry.