We’ve all heard the term “The Cloud.” It can be confusing to understand how it applies to your business. The Cloud can be used differently depending on your business needs.
Let’s Start with the Basics – What is the Cloud?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. It goes back to the days of flowcharts and presentations that would represent the gigantic server-farm infrastructure of the Internet as nothing but a puffy, white cumulonimbus cloud, accepting connections and doling out information as it floats.
If you have a smartphone or go to a website to check your mail, (i.e. Yahoo & GMail) you are already in the cloud. Those e-mail providers use the web to display your e-mail from a server on the Internet. This takes the place of downloading your mail to a local computer in your office. Mail is stored and kept on the mail server and synchronized on all your devices. Computer, smartphone and tablet are the three most common examples.
The cloud can also be used to synchronize and share files. Much like a local file server, cloud storage can also be used to share and secure files over the Internet. In the case of a company that has employees in several locations, this is an ideal solution.
If you have decided that you are no need of a local file server and/or a local mail server, we offer services to get your company set up in the cloud. There are many different providers to choose from. We have a favs of course, but ultimately leave that decision up to you.