What the cloud means for your business

shutterstock_67370983Just a few years ago not many people were familiar with the concept of cloud technology. For many it was an abstract concept that had little impact on their daily lives. However with the rapid increase in popularity of tablets and smartphones, which depend on cloud storage, the concept has not only become more familiar but is also seen as an essential part of today’s technological world.

Despite this, many businesses have yet to fully gain all the benefits of using cloud technology. One of the reasons the cloud has become so popular is that it offers a lot more benefits than traditional hosting systems. If your business has yet to fully embrace cloud technology, here is what it would mean for your business.

What is the cloud?

Simply put, the cloud is an internet-based storage system. This means that instead of needing an in-house hosting system it can all be done remotely. While the cloud is often referred to as a single entity, there are in fact many different types of clouds owned by different service providers. Each cloud has its own capabilities and security measures in place, which means when choosing a service provider for your business you need to ensure the company you choose offers a secure and comprehensive cloud system.

How does the cloud benefit your business?

One of the main advantages of using the cloud is that it allows you and your employees to access data and information securely from anywhere in the world at any time. This allows for a much more flexible working system, where employees can easily work from home or while on a business trip. As well as this, the cloud can offer an extremely secure option for storing data that ensures sensitive information is kept private and inaccessible to third parties.

Saying this, the cloud is much more than just a simple storage facility. There are many business services that can be operated through the cloud, from instant messaging to remote desktops, which makes it much easier for internal communication and enables employees to work and keep in contact with each other from any location.

The cost of cloud

Another reason why so many companies opt to use cloud technology is that it offers a much more cost-effective alternative to traditional hosting and computing systems. While traditional hosting systems need expensive equipment that requires expert skills and knowledge to maintain, cloud technology is much more cost-effective with the service provider maintaining the system, including updating security measures, and often providing any support needed as part of the provider package.

Most businesses today are using cloud technology in one form or another and with the increase in mobile technology it is only going to become more popular. The reason so many businesses are choosing the cloud for their business services is because it can provide a flexible, secure and cost-effective way of enhancing your business’ technology.

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Tony Cohen

Tony joined BT in 1987 and chose to develop his career in data communications. He moved from an engineering to programme management role with Global One before taking up a position as Global Account Director in 1999. Tony joined iPass in 2002 where he was Head of channel sales before moving to Intermedia to grow their European channel sales organisation. In 2012 Tony joined FSI Cloud as General Manager to accelerate the development of their hosting and managed IT solutions division.

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