Connectivity to the Cloud

Cloud computing has been an unclear concept for years. Many people ask on a daily basis, “What exactly is the cloud?” Despite the general idea of what it is, the definition can be lost. The cloud refers to putting information on the internet. Smartphones use the cloud to backup clients’ data and companies use it to keep copies and share files.

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.

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When it comes to business, the cloud becomes ever more important the success and organization of modern day business. It’s possible that you may already have a form of cloud computing within your work capacity and may benefit you to invest more time and planning into it. If you don’t have any form of cloud storage, the might be the right time to invest in it.

  • Storage and Backup. All businesses need to keep an archived record of their financial sales and profit. Traditional backups consist of multiple external hard drives and paper copies. Now everything can be stored in one location. Instead of multiple cabinet files, everything is digital and doesn’t take up much space.
  • Accessibility. Since the cloud is the internet, as long as you have the internet, you can access the cloud. Not to mention, most cloud programs have offline downloads or modes so their users can still work without a connection. Collaboration can be done easily and everywhere.
  • Security. The sensitivity of personal information is a critical factor in any companies cybersecurity. The security of the cloud can give you accurate information about who last access a specific file. In instances where disaster strikes, hardcopies and paper become permanently damaged. Having important documents in an intangible system makes them safer.

Most cloud providers are extremely reliable in providing their services, with many maintaining 99.99% uptime. The connection is always on and as long as workers have an Internet connection, they can get to the applications they need from practically anywhere. Some applications even work off-line.

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Whether you decide to use the cloud or not, it’s a useful tool to have, particularly as an entrepreneur. Having a backup on the cloud could save your business. There’s nothing wrong with keeping the same paper copies. The conversion to the cloud can be gradual. Over time and when your company becomes more comfortable with using the cloud, it’ll be worth the investment.

Although we can all be technically savvy and capable of determining which cloud system works better for your business, it’s always advisable to consult a professional IT service, like the NOC, in order to accurately get the information you need!

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