In an article posted on the ABA Journal site on August 1, 2009, entitled Working in the Cloud, many benefits of using cloud computing are discussed. Cloud computing allows you to use the Internet as a platform to run programs and store data. This is done through worldwide data centers owned by Amazon.com, Google and others on which these Internet services run. There are many cost effective benefits to cloud computing. You are able to access these services through your browser or internet connection, avoiding the costs of having different programs and hardware added to your network. These services provide the backup and the administration needed for the programs/services being used. You are able to access your information anywhere. In most cases, the cost for these services are a monthly fee, which is easier to budget for. When looking for a service provider, as a law firm, be sure to investigate the provider to protect yourself and your clients' confidentiality. For more information, please click the link above.