Cloud computing is terminology that you can hardly escape anymore, it’s everywhere. So much so, that associations with the word “cloud” often revert, first, to cloud computing and second to the fluffy cotton-like stuff that fills the sky. For those of you who maybe do not know what cloud computing is, here you go; “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.”
Cloud computing is designed specifically to meet the needs of its users. Online data storage and backup solutions, web-based email, hosted office suites and document collaboration, database processing, and managed technical support, are all examples of cloud services.
Below we cover the 2 major reasons that cloud computing could change your work life for the better.
Time and Cost Saving
What stands out the most about Cloud computing is that you only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy. Many different businesses are running all kinds of apps in the cloud, such as customer relationship management (CRM), human resources, billing, and many more.
Time is valuable and an indispensable part of any business. With cloud computing, information can be easily shared and accessed eliminating those headaches over the time that is spent updating hardware and software, filing stuff away or losing hard copies around the office. Online data storage is a huge time saver for business.
Depending on what route you take with cloud computing, it could be free, Google Drive would be a good start. Other options include the following and all have different plan options that start at a very affordable rate: Google Cloud Computing, Rackspace, Intermedia, Salesforce and Virtustream.
Ease of Collaboration
It can be such a hassle when one person has a Mac and another has a PC and the file is saved as a Pages document, not a Word document and the PC that receives it is unable to open the document. We all know this frustration, all too well.
Cloud-based programs are accessible at any time on almost any device connected to the internet. Many companies have employees that work remotely. According to a 2010 survey by Microsoft 66% of companies said they need to allow employees to work anywhere, at any time.
Teams that are located in different locations are able to collaborate on documents without needing to e-mail attachments and share calendars and task lists from wherever they are, simply by using cloud-based software.
Before choosing a cloud service provider, do extensive evaluations and research on your businesses needs and security requirements. There are cloud providers who are better if you need accessibility at a low cost, and there are others who are at the top when it comes to security and compliance, but have a price tag. Here at TNTMAX we have pre-researched all of the top cloud computing technologies out there and would be more than happy to get you started, call us today!
TNTMAX’s president, Frederic Farcy was asked to be a guest speaker at a seminar to teach on the subject of cloud computing and we thought it would be appropriate to share that content with you as it covers cloud computing.