We’ve all heard this popular term or even know someone whose company has embraced it…. But is the cloud right for your business? In its most basic sense, cloud computing enables users to run programs from the Internet that traditionally would’ve run from an application installed locally on their computer.
Most clients are rightfully cautious when adopting new technology, especially when it comes to keeping their data secure. Previously, a server room of expensive equipment was the only option. This is no longer the case. Utilized correctly, cloud computing helps businesses on multiple fronts.
Here are eight benefits of cloud computing.
Applications and company data are accessible whenever and wherever you or your employees need them. Utilizing desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets – anything with an Internet connection – you’re no longer limited to one physical location. Your programs and data are available from the office, home, while traveling – anywhere.
- Immediate Data Updates
Most cloud providers synchronize data changes as they occur so others can see the updates almost immediately. This is especially helpful for co-workers who need to share data in real time.
- File Versioning
Depending on subscription levels, many cloud providers offer file versioning for a period of time (i.e., 30 days). This allows you to undo saved changes or restore a file if it gets corrupted by going into the archive list and reinstating a previous copy.
- User Permissions
With cloud computing systems, it’s easy to limit access to data through the implementation of granular user permissions. Users can only view and interact with files that their permissions allow them to access.
- Data Redundancy
The cloud essentially enables users to have multiple copies of their data—a local copy and a copy in the cloud. If you experience a device failure, no problem! Your files are immediately available by logging into the cloud environment on the Internet. Once the failed device is replaced, your data synchronizes back to you from the cloud copy to the new hardware.
- Popular Software Integration / User Collaboration
Many cloud providers now offer direct software integration with popular productivity suites such as Microsoft Office, providing easy ways for teams to collaborate on projects that share files stored directly on cloud drives.
- State-of-the-Art Data Centers with No Capital Expense
Commercial, enterprise-level cloud providers store your data in very secure data centers on redundant hardware in multiple locations. This would be cost prohibitive for most businesses to implement and maintain on their own.
Another benefit to having your data in the cloud is the peace of mind gained from knowing your files are secure. If something were to happen to your PC or laptop, such as theft, you can remotely wipe the hard drive the next time it connects to the Internet and safeguard your company’s sensitive data.
If you’d like to explore the potential of cloud computing for your business with one of Anderson Technologies’ IT specialists, please give us a call at 314.394.3001 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.