Cloud computing, which has recently seen exponential growth, is the utilization of internet-connected servers or data centers to store business systems and data. This is in direct contrast to how it is done without the cloud – that is, the creation and maintenance of private on-site/in-house resources to store business systems and data.
Like all technology, the cloud has been criticized by some and lauded by others – but we have the real scoop. Learn more about cloud computing: facts and myths:
It Offers Flexible Access
When hosted in the cloud rather than in-house, your business systems and data are available globally, as long as a person has an internet connection and the proper security clearance.
It is Scalable
The vendor who provides your cloud service is in control of storage capacity. Even if you have to start small, you can feel confident knowing that as your storage needs grow, your cloud capacity can also grow.
It is Less Expensive than Non-cloud Solutions
In a non-cloud environment, you frequently make software and hardware purchases based on what you are hoping to need in the future versus what you need now. With the cloud, however, you only pay for what you’re using – but upgrading is as easy as asking your cloud vendor for more space and being charged accordingly.
And, as with any technology, misconceptions about cloud computing abound.
The Myths About Cloud Computing
It is “One Size Fits All”
There isn’t a single cloud solution that fits every business because business requirements vary widely and demand different cloud computing approaches depending on your industry and market segment. There are, for example, three different cloud computing platforms: public, private, or a combination of the two known as a “hybrid” cloud solution.
It is Not Secure
Vendors provide multiple layers of security and use sophisticated encryption, firewalls, and VPNs so that your data is as secure in the cloud as it would be in your own private data center.
It is Best to Use a Single Vendor
Not only is it not true that working with a single vendor will save you money, it's also possible that a single vendor can't meet all your needs. For example, the vendor supporting your payroll or ERP may not be the right vendor to host your email services.
Implementing cloud services would improve your agility by giving you better accessibility, functionality, and scalability. In addition, you can use applications of all types in the cloud, from email and storage services to full-blown ERP and CRM systems.
Southeast Computer Solutions can guide you through the process of choosing and implementing a cloud computing service that gives you the tools you need for a competitive advantage. Contact us to learn more.
About Southeast Computer Solutions
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