There’s no escaping cloud computing at the moment. Any business looking for cloud software is inundated with a wealth of information about the “Do’s and Dont’s” of switching from a traditional I.T infrastructure to a solution that is hosted online.
In fact, there is so much information out there that it can be quite overwhelming and off-putting for the average business owner who doesn’t know much about technology.
Here are the basic things you need to know:
The cloud is just a data network
There is no mystical magic involved in how the cloud operates. It is basically a cluster of servers that stores your data and allows you to access it from multiple devices, wherever and whenever you have an internet connection.
Try to think of it in the same way that your house pulls electricity from the grid. You might live far away from that grid, but you still get access to power, just like using the cloud to access your data even if the nearest server is hundreds of miles away.
The cloud is not affected by weather
One common misconception about cloud computing is the worry that if there is a storm, you will have a problem accessing your data. We can blame this one on the genius who came up with the term “cloud”.
There is nothing meteorological at all about this particular cloud and the only way it would be affected is if there is a power cut at your end.
The cloud is not more expensive
Switching to cloud solutions will actually save the majority of businesses a lot of money over the long-term. Consider the costs involved with running your own private business server – the initial outlay, the maintenance and upkeep, the electricity bills from keeping it running 24/7.
Because of the large scale on which they operate, cloud providers are able to absorb these costs so that they pay a fraction of what the average business would have to pay and they can pass these savings on to the consumer.
The cloud is probably more secure than your existing setup
Computer viruses and data loss are absolutely massive threats to small businesses. If you work from home on a laptop, it is unrealistic to expect that you will take the same kind of precautions on the internet that a larger business with a dedicated I.T. department would.
Storing your data in the cloud doesn’t mean that your files are out there somewhere floating around. Cloud providers are subject to laws regarding the safety of your information and they must follow these stringently or face serious consequences.
The cloud is here to stay
Some may try to dismiss cloud computing as a fad, but that’s just wishful thinking on their part. The majority of the infrastructure of the internet is now powered by cloud hosting and it is already part of your everyday life as an internet user even if you don’t realise it.
Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is misleading you, either deliberately or on purpose!