You’re not alone. The term cloud is probably the most over used and confusing buzzword in the English language. I’d say it is thrown around more often than the term social networking.
In this article, I’ll try to answer some of the questions you may have regarding the cloud and whether it is something that would benefit your business.
You may be wondering if the cloud is right for your business. No one can tell you this without having a good understanding of how your company uses technology. What works for one company may not always work for another. As a general rule, most companies with less than 10 users are usually a good fit. But, that may not always be the case. You may have a specific business requirement that requires a server on premises.
You may be asking yourself: what is the cloud?
Our definition of cloud may be different than someone else’s definition, which only leads to the confusion. For a broad definition, many of you are already using the cloud. I hear people often say they would never use the cloud, only to check their voicemail on their cellphone a few minutes later. Guess what? In a broad definition of the cloud, your voicemail is “in the cloud”. It doesn’t reside on a device local to you. It is stored somewhere in your cellphone carrier’s data center.
While most of our services have some part of the IT puzzle residing in the cloud, our main cloud component allows our clients to access their email and files from anywhere they have access to the Internet. In essence, their file server is in the cloud.
This may not work for all companies, but for the majority of small businesses, this works well. You may be wondering if this will work for your company. The best way to find out is to talk to a professional IT consultant. When you do, make sure they are asking questions and listening to your response. You don’t want someone who has already decided what they are going to sell you.
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