There’s a lot of buzz about cloud computing and how it can save you time and money. But some might see it as just an extra added to your existing IT system. Today we’ll look at how cloud computing can be useful for even the smallest business.
You probably know what a redundant copy of your company data is. It’s not the normal meaning of ‘redundant’, which is ‘no longer needed’. In computing, it refers to an extra copy of your data in case of loss. Cloud computing makes backing up simple by updating your backup copy as you go along. With a copy of your data stored offsite, you can be confident that whatever happens, you have what you need to get up and running again if your IT system somehow fails.
A server is an expensive piece of equipment that’s out of reach for most small businesses. The advantage of cloud computing is that it can provide storage space and access cloud-hosted apps without the expense of a server. You can also use it to free up space on your office system if it’s needed, leaving your local storage for the files and materials you use on a daily basis.
Many small businesses require working on the move and, as things are now, many more of us are working from home. With the cloud, files and data can be accessed from anywhere using an internet connection. It’s a convenient solution for any business.
Members of a team typically need to be in touch with other members to work productively. The cloud can be really helpful for collaboration. It makes sending and receiving files simple, and many cloud-hosted applications mean that a file can be accessed and worked on by multiple users at the same time.
Cloud-hosted communications platforms can be very cost-effective for small businesses. For a fraction of the cost you can make the most of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for an enterprise-level business telephone system.
A great advantage of cloud computing is that it’s very scalable. This can be very useful if you have project teams that expand and contract in size. Another bonus is that the upfront costs aren’t huge, so you can add users without forking out large sums for upgrading.
Using the cloud is a smart business choice for startups and small companies. To find out more about the benefits of cloud computing call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644.
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