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Cloud Computing 101: What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing allows you to access and use resources and storage in a secure Internet location; when you use the cloud, your information is available from any connected device. By adopting a cloud model, you can access resources, share documents with your team and perform all your tasks without using a hard drive or local network. Whether you want increased mobility, added security or simply want to streamline and improve your operations, cloud computing can help.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

  • Self Service: When an employee needs to access a document to work, they can simply open it in the cloud, make their changes and save. No forwarding, no paper copies and no lost papers, just fast and efficient workflow.
  • Broad Access: Have employees who travel or work from home? No matter where they go, their files and information will be instantly available via mobile device. Cloud computing allows teams in different locations to collaborate, whether your workforce is across town or across the world.
  • Pooled Resources: Cloud computing is about more than just sharing files; entire programs or infrastructures can be shared and accessed. By pooling resources, you can save your business both time and money.
  • Scalability: Adding new users or resources is fast and easy when you use the cloud. You can also scale your business as needed; your cloud can grow as you do.  
  • Enhanced Security: The ability to access shared programs and files online reduces the risk of data loss or theft. Since you are not emailing files back and forth, you are also less susceptible to phishing and malware attempts with email delivery.

Types of Cloud Models

  • Public or External Clouds: Public clouds are accessible by anyone and can be free or paid
  • Private or Internal Clouds: A private cloud is protected by a firewall and can be used by a company to allow employees to securely share files and resources.
  • Hybrid Clouds: Used by organizations or groups with similar concerns to share resources; these are similar to private clouds, but with more flexibility.

Cloud Service Models

Infrastructure as Service (IaaS): Your equipment is outsourced to a third party and all networking devices and servers are maintained by that business. This model can provide both hardware and software and is a good option if you currently have old or outdated equipment you want to update. You can be sure that the hardware and programs your team uses are the latest models and that everything is well maintained and secure when you choose an IaaS model.

Software as a Service (SaaS): When you choose Software as a Service, you can access a company’s programs and software online, without having to install them on your computer. You’ll work directly in the application via your Internet connection. This model is used by software businesses of all sizes; Microsoft Office, Adobe and TurboTax all offer SaaS models for customer use.

Platform as a Service (PaaS): This service allows you to access information and applications without having to create your own infrastructure.

The right model for you will depend on your business needs, the information you need to store and share and the software you use most often. Speaking to a cloud services provider can help you learn more about your options and allows you to choose the best model for your business.

Whether you want the convenience of being able to work from wherever you are without worrying about bringing along extra files or papers or you want to create a more efficient workplace cloud computing can help. Learning more about cloud computing can help you put this effective and innovative model to work for your business and ensure you are operating as efficiently as possible. To learn more about what the cloud can do for your business, contact us; our innovative solutions are designed to make your business better than ever.

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Published: Monday, March 6, 2017