Gone are the days of having to remember to carry around portable media storage. Now people have access to cloud computing for all of their file storage needs. Cloud computing is proving to be one of the easiest ways for businesses to secure their data. Moreover, business owners utilizing cloud computing can make use of technological advances without spending extensive amounts of money on computer parts, software and IT specialists.
While using the phrase ‘cloud computing’ makes it sound as if there is a singular product, there are many aspects to cloud computing.
Continue reading for a brief overview of 4 of these…
Email has by far become the most popular (if not the most common) form of communication today. Email technologies are constantly changing. While email clients are popular for checking email, they use a computer’s physical memory to store data, which can bog down the system.
Using cloud computing for email (also known as webmail) eliminates the need for physical storage space. Webmail clients make use of cloud storage and allow you to check your mail anywhere in the world. Furthermore, using webmail clients make email service for corporations more reliable.
No Need to Upgrade
This is what most people think of when they hear cloud computing—online storage of the documents, pictures, etc. When you save data on your computer (whether it is personal or business) you can only access it on that specific machine. However, cloud computing allows you to access the data wherever you have access to the internet.
Many people will be concerned with how safe storing data with online storage services. Fear not: each user is provided with unique usernames and a password allowing private access. Moreover, cloud storage solutions also have many layers of security, thus making it highly unlikely to lose data.
There are numerous cloud storage applications available in both free and premium (paid) options. The most popular are Microsoft SkyDrive, Amazon S3 and Dropbox.
Collaboration Made Easy
Sharing documents between your connections used to mean expending time and effort coupled with buying (sometimes expensive) storage devices. Cloud computing changed all of this. Now applications like Google Wave allow users the ability to create files and invite others to edit, comment and collaborate—all in real time.
The Virtual Office
The most popular use of cloud computing allows business owners the ability to ‘rent’ expensive software rather than buying it outright. The most popular suite of software is Google Docs, which runs virtual office software. The benefit of using a virtual office is that it eliminates overloading PCs with heavy programs. In addition, virtual office suites have better accessibility, options for collaboration and secure storage.
Watch this short video explaining why companies love utilizing cloud computing.
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