Cloud computing shouldn’t be a foreign concept. It’s not difficult to understand, and it’s not just about super-secure data centers and super-smart IT engineers.
It’s much more “everyday” than that, and here are a few reasons why.
You can work from anywhere.
Cloud computing is all about data — where it lives, where it goes, how it travels, how it’s stored, how it’s secured …
And because of that, the cloud gives you the unique ability to access data how and where you want.
If you so choose, you can allow your team to access data from any location, with any connected device. In the process, you’ll increase mobility, give your employees the opportunity to customize workflows, and improve your competitive edge.
You can use less stuff.
When you host your data in the cloud, you’ll suddenly require less physical hardware to operate.
This is because a variety of equipment (like servers and desktops) can be virtualized, and these resources can be pulled from the cloud (which is why you can technically pull these resources from any location).
Obviously, this can free up some space in your brick-and-mortar business, and that can be a huge benefit. But where the real benefit exists is with the potential for cost-savings.
If you reduce your need for physical equipment, then you’ll automatically reduce the cost to maintain all that physical equipment (which includes energy, upgrades, repairs, and updates).
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You can work better with others.
With easy access to data, it’ll obviously be much easier to work with other people. But it goes a bit further than that.
Let’s say that you are traveling to a customer site for a day or two. However, a coworker needs to exchange updates for a project you’ve been working on together.
This isn’t as big an issue as it could be because the cloud gives you anywhere-anytime access to data and business applications. Even across airport, hotel and remote office network connections, you can securely share comments, incorporate project changes, and review updates on your schedule.
Access to business data and tools is critical to maintaining productivity, collaboration, and communication.
On top of that, many cloud-based business applications and software provide innovative approaches to collaboration.
For example, file-sharing and document creation tools like Google Drive and Office 365 both include a simultaneous editing feature. This feature gives you the ability to edit documents at the same time as another person and see those edits in real time. You can also add comments within documents and tag specific people in those comments.
You can work with the most current technology.
When you host your data and the technology surrounding it with a third-party cloud provider, this means the burden of maintenance is no longer yours to carry. This was addressed earlier, but one important element of this hasn’t been fully covered yet — upgrades.
The cloud handles all upgrades … automatically.
This means that whenever a new version of your cloud-based software is released, you get that new version. And whenever your cloud-hosted hardware needs to be replaced with a new model, you get that new model.
These upgrades typically don’t require any additional costs, and the actual upgrades themselves are taken care of with little hassle and no effort on your side of things.
For a company operating in the 21st century, having access to the most current technology solutions is imperative to remaining competitive. The cloud handles this need, no questions asked.
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Cloud computing provides a handful of amazing business benefits; however, the cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all type solution. There are three types of cloud computing platforms: private, public, and hybrid. Take a few minutes to read up on the differences.