The Cloud—that mysterious-sounding, where is it, what is it thing—is one of the innovations that is reshaping the business and consumer worlds, and yet some people are yet unsure about it. The cloud is something that should not be shied away from but, instead, embraced.
So, what is the Cloud? In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.
Using the Cloud to store and share computer information could make your life a lot simpler...just like using an ATM for banking convenience or social media to stay in touch with friends.
Using the cloud to store your personal or business documents, files and photos could save you time, trouble and a lot of headaches searching for specific files when you need them.
Think of the cloud as a securely guarded warehouse on the Internet where you can store and save any electronic file you want: letters, photos, spreadsheets, medical records...anything.
Many people reap the benefits of the cloud for personal reasons, but most companies have yet to make the leap. Whether your current storage of data on-premises seems sufficient or you just have not taken the time to consider cloud storage, reviewing these benefits is a good place to start.
- COST SAVINGS
The first benefit, and perhaps the most important one in the mind of many business owners, is the cost advantage. Cloud storage is generally more affordable because providers distribute the costs of their infrastructure and services in many companies.
All you need in your office is a computer and an Internet connection. Much of your server hardware will no longer be necessary, which saves physical space and eliminates the need for employee maintenance and attention.
Instead of having hardware inside your office, cloud storage is located in a data center, which provides security at the enterprise level. Nor is there a single point of failure in the cloud because your data is backed up on multiple servers. This means that if a server is blocked, your data remains safe because it is stored in other locations. The possible risk of hardware malfunction is minimized because your data is stored securely in redundant locations.
- MOBILE OPPORTUNITIES
The mobility benefits provided by the cloud are increasing rapidly for businesses of all sizes. In the world of connectivity today, we can work (and play) whenever and wherever. While you are waiting for a flight at the airport or at home with a sick child, you can still work and work efficiently.
With cloud storage, you pay for what you use, as you use it. You do not need to anticipate how much storage space you will need for the year and you risk paying for unused space or falling short. You can adjust the available resources through cloud storage providers and pay according to your current needs, modifying as they change.