Cloud computing has been taking hold in the business world for several years now, and interest in utilizing the technology has grown exponentially. Also referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the concept is utilizing internet-connected servers or data centers to house business systems and data rather than creating and maintaining private on-site/in-house resources to do the same functions. Businesses can take advantage of this technology for secure data storage, access to business critical systems, and software applications.
Adopting cloud computing has significant business advantages, including:
When on the ubiquitous internet, your business systems and data are available globally by anyone with an internet connection and the proper security clearance.
The vendor providing the cloud computing service handles storage capacity and performance. As your storage needs grow, the vendor adds the necessary capacity, and you are no longer saddled with constant hardware and operating system upgrades.
With cloud computing, you're paying only for what you use. When your capacity needs change, you can upgrade and be charged accordingly. In a non-cloud computing environment, you frequently make software and hardware purchases based on what you are hoping to need in the future versus what you need now.
And, as with any technology, there are misconceptions that abound in the realm of cloud computing.
Common Misconceptions about Cloud Computing:
One Size Fits All
Some IoT vendors will say that they have the solution for every business. There is no single solution that works for every business, however, as industry and market segment requirements can vary widely and demand different approaches to cloud computing. You can, for example, choose between several cloud computing platforms, including public, private, or hybrid cloud configurations.
Cloud Computing is Not Secure
Vendors provide multiple layers of security to your applications and data. Through utilization of sophisticated encryption, firewalls, and virtual private networks, your critical business data can be as secure in the cloud as in your own private data center.
A Single Vendor Offers the Lowest Costs
Not only is it not true that working with a single vendor will save you money, it is also possible that a single vendor can't meet all your needs. The vendor supporting your business systems, such as payroll or ERP, may not be the right vendor to host your email services.
Implementation of cloud computing services allows businesses to improve their agility through accessibility, functionality, and scalability. Applications of all types are facilitated in the cloud, from email and storage services to full-blown enterprise ERP and CRM systems.
Southeast Computer Solutions can guide your business through the process of choosing and using a cloud computing service. We help you focus on business requirements and advantages through the process of technical details and system selection. Our experienced consultants and technicians will match your needs to the solution that offers your business a competitive advantage.
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About Southeast Computer Solutions
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