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Cloud Computing

Dec 19, 2013

Cloud Computing: What's the Big Deal?

There is a lot of buzz surrounding modern technologies and how they are affecting they way people communicate with one another, conduct business, and gain knowledge. From smartphones to tablets and lightweight laptops, new IT innovations are popping up everyday, and it's hard to keep up. In addition to the various types of devices that are emerging and enhancing the way we do, well, everything, there has also been a shift in the way enterprises can store and access data. Cloud computing is perhaps one of the most important and fastest-growing IT innovations and is an ideal option for many business owners, and for good reason.

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the most popular and efficient way for businesses to store information and communicate between computers. Basically a virtual server accessible over the internet, cloud computing is an updated way for computers and mobile devices to communicate with one another, and it requires no hardware or software. So, what does this mean for businesses and why is it such a red-hot trend? There are numerous ways to answer this, but it is perhaps best to start with how it allows for businesses to go about daily tasks in a more streamlined, efficient way. Essentially the access of an organized server by means of a computer, tablet, or smart phone; cloud computing is changing the way businesses operate. Cloud computing eliminates the headaches associated with traditional data storage methods, and it allows for the IT department to become more involved in the overall business strategy. This shared infrastructure enables small and large businesses alike to have access to information on the go and backup important documents immediately with a service that is both secure and reliable.

Additionally, what cloud computing means for businesses is that designated users can securely access a variety of apps from any location. From customer relationship management and human resources applications to accounting, the options are endless. Cloud-based application and storage not only enhance the flexibility of each and every business, but they enable enterprises to scale up or down their usage of services as the market demands. What this means is that businesses will no longer be required to invest time and large amounts of money in buying and setting up the hardware and software for data storage purposes. Cloud computing frees up funds and eliminates the need for companies to invest in servers that are capital-intensive.

Yet another benefit of the implementation of cloud-based applications for businesses is the convenience factor. Like mentioned, cloud computing promotes a sharing infrastructure that allows for immediate and 24/7 access to data. This is extremely important to the overall operation and success of any given business, as today's business market is more competitive than ever. Because there is no special equipment (beyond an internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone, of course) or additional manpower needed, users will be able to have real-time response and access to any desired information from many different sites. Finally, cloud computing is instrumental in a company's innovation, as it allows for business owners and employees to focus on building the enterprise instead of managing their resources. Cloud computing also facilitates faster development of projects and ideas, as it encourages collaboration and enables all involved parties to have same-time access to the details.

While there are many technology fads that come and go, cloud computing is not one of them. It is not only a more efficient way to store and access data, but far more secure than traditional storage methods. Cloud-based applications provide businesses with a storage model that will allow them to focus on building and fine-tuning their enterprise, instead of worrying about resource logistics. It is also a more environmentally-friendly option, and is designed for enterprises to use only what they need, when they need it.  

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Tim Brennan

Tim has 30 years of diverse experience in the Technology industry that includes executive management, sales management, technical project management and software development. Tim founded SysArc in 2004 in an effort to provide small businesses with the technical assistance they needed from a firm they could count on to be responsive, competent, affordable and trustworthy.

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