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Four Ways Cloud Computing Works For Your Business


Businesses compute quite a bit of data every day. Between accounting, manufacturing, customer service, and every service the company provides, it relies on computer systems heavily. Many of these places are reverting to the cloud to handle vital moments of their day-to-day operations. Here are four reasons the cloud would work for your business.


Utilizing the Cloud For Backup

Corporations can backup important programs, documents, and other essential data to the cloud. This would be done in the event of a system crash or if the network had been hacked. If this were to happen to your business, you can restore all of the information you saved from the last time your server sent it to the cloud. You can determine which days you want to do this backup, however, if you handle sensitive data that changes regularly you will want to activate this process daily. There are programs that can back this information even more frequently than that. 


Utilizing the Cloud For Storage

The cloud allows employees of your company to store their files in a spot other than on the hard drive of their computer. Keeping documents pertaining to the business in the cloud instead of on the physical system protects them in the event of a computer crash. They are available to your staff members at all times and can be retrieved from home laptops as well as their computers at work, giving them additional tools if they are allowed to work outside the office. In some instances, this also facilitates file sharing between people if they have access to a particular file on the cloud. This is a safe, simple way for employees to work together on a project and share the information they gathered.


Utilizing the Cloud for Sharing

There are several applications and programs that work through the cloud to benefit businesses large and small. They can host information exchanges within and outside the company. Phone systems based on the internet can be operated through the cloud as can email services. Having the cloud as a home base for these operations can reduce the cost of setting them up and maintaining them in house. 


Utilizing the Cloud for Services

The cloud can provide internet services that are vital to the operation of your company. This prevents you from having to purchase the individual programs and installing them on each computer and server. Software as a Service, or Saas, provides programs and applications such as word processing, accounting, and spreadsheets to your employees. Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, are offsite systems that provide backups, security and data storage for your company. If your business wants to build applications for customers to use in relation to your company, you can reserve time with a Platform as a Service, or PaaS, to build these and release them onto the market. In the event that something does happen to your network and your computers are ruined or corrupted, Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaas, can take your backed-up information and reinstall it to get you back up and running in much quicker time than if you attempted it from a hard drive backup.


Determining If the Cloud Will Work For You

Keeping the information at an easily accessible location away from your business allows for collaboration between your staff as well as protecting your data in the event of a data breach or system breakdown at your facility. If you determine that this is ideal for your corporation, be sure to shop around to find the right company to work with. You will want to make sure that they can keep your documentation and programs safe from outside attacks as well as being easy to use.


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