To put it simply, the cloud is essentially a virtual network of shared resources. Cloud computing is more than just trendy technology. It can simplify your work habits and change the way you do business. Here are a few things to think about as you consider what the cloud can mean for you or your business.
1. You can access anything anywhere
When you choose to move to the cloud, your life and your business don’t have to be tied to a single computer. You can store your important documents, media files or whatever you choose in a virtual space that’s reserved just for you.
You can set up your workflow to save the work product you generate to the cloud instead of your hard drive. Once your data is online, you can access whatever you need, wherever you go using a tablet, a smart phone, or other mobile device.
2. You won’t have to use your local disk space
In most cases, instead of running programs from your hard drive, you can run applications –apps– from a browser window or web interface. Whether your business needs a Customer Relationship Management solution or a way for your team to manage projects; you can access, store, collaborate, and make updates all with an internet connection. This means that the majority of the time you won’t have to take up space on your hard drive or make local installs on your device for updates.
3. You can collaborate on projects
When you store work files and documents with a cloud-based application, all of your employees have access. They can view your documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and more; they also make changes and collaborate. The cloud transforms organizations and businesses into a smaller and more accessible world, making collaboration a sustained activity.
4. The cloud is ideal for data backup
A computer crash could wipe out your business’s most important data, documents, employee and client files, and everything else you’ve carefully archived and worked for with years of effort. If fire or water damage destroyed your computer or on-site servers, there would be no hope of recovery. That’s why backing up your data is so important; but if your backup device is in the same location, it could be destroyed as well.
When you back up to the cloud, you can minimize the consequences and costs of a catastrophic event. Your important data will be off your hard drive and off-site. Even if your computers and servers are compromised, your data will be safe.
5. You decide how to use the cloud: You pay for what you use
If you’re not ready to exchange all of your hard drive-based functions for cloud-based applications, or if you are not ready to move all of your data and back ups to the cloud, you can take it one step at a time. The beauty of the what cloud based solutions brings to the table is the ability to operate on a pay-per-use basis.
6. Computing in the cloud offers a number of benefits
- Save on technology costs by removing expensive infrastructure.
- Pay for what you use in the cloud. The days of wasted overspending are coming to an end.
- Enable your mobile workforce– employees will be more productive with the ability to work remotely.
- With 24/7 access to business data, rising productivity could lead to higher profits.
- You can save the time and money you would usually spend installing, upgrading and maintaining servers.
- Bring your organization closer and collaborate in an easy effective manner.
- You get to take your mind off of the technology and focus on operating your business.
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