What does “The Cloud” Mean?

Chances are you have been working in or with the cloud for years. Now you keep hearing the term "the cloud" and wonder what that means and if you should shift your business to this "cloud." The good news: the cloud is not a new idea; the term has just grow wildly popular. Have you ever used an AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, or other email accounts? If so, you have worked in the cloud. Simply, working in the cloud means working from the internet. Instead of having software installed on your computer to run programs, those programs are ran in through the internet. This creates a wide variety of benefits for your business. Check out some growing cloud services here.

The cloud allows for omnipresence, or accessibility from anywhere, saves time with access from any computer with an internet connection, and is cost effective because you pay for what you use in the cloud.

If you are away from your office computer, whether you be ill, on vacation, or traveling for work, cloud computing lets you access your business tools from anywhere with an internet connection. This convenience greatly appeals to business. Your users can conduct business functions from almost anywhere.

Probably most importantly for many small businesses, is that working in the cloud is cost effective. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on software, many cloud based services are pay-as- you- go or pay-what- you-use. This allows flexibility as your business needs change.

The cloud allows your people to be productive, saves your business time, and saves your business money. If you are reluctant to make the switch, you don't have to do it all at once. Try moving some basic business functions to the cloud and give it a test drive. Cloud services do present a challenge to all-sized businesses to deploy and manage. We at Networks Unlimited are always working to find the right IT systems for our customers and cloud computing is no different. Please contact us to discuss how cloud computing can be of benefit to you and your business. If you have questions about moving to the cloud, let us know and send us an email at info@itsaboutaction.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 and filed under tech.