Cloud Business 101: Storing The Data

Cloud Business 101: Storing The Data

You’re new to CloudTweaks — to cloud computing, for that matter — and you want a quick, simple way into the tech trend right now. Well you’ve got it, cloud-curious businessperson. Here’s a primer on how the cloud benefits businesses new and old, small and large.

Cloud computing launches new businesses more quickly with greater efficiency. This technology virtually eliminates the need to install new software or download it anew elsewhere, as all of a company’s vital applications can be immediately accessed via the cloud. There is no cap on virtual storage space within the cloud either, especially when compared to the traditional storage model of physical servers (the use of which is growing more antiquated by the day, by the way). Augment your cloud storage in a snap with the payment of a relatively frugal fee.

ADVANTAGE: Storing the data for your business on the cloud allows for it to be accessed with ease by any member of your team, slashing communication delays and eradicating the need to physically work together — a boon for well-qualified business aspirants who are always on the go.

It is this ease of access which translates into productivity at a distance, an essential value for many businesses — and SMBs in particular. Utilizing applications in the cloud allows individuals or teams, physically separated, to collaborate as an ensemble, working together on documents sans pesky e-mail attachments or exchanging status updates and feedback no matter where they are.

ADVANTAGE: Dynamic Internet conferencing, professional instant messaging, virtual meetings with clients old or new: these are three of cloud’s specialties for businesses, means of communication that can spur an improvement in how a business pursues and capitalizes on fresh ventures.

Cloud computing lessens the grip of a less-than-ideal economy on thrifty businesses who need to economize. The storage scalability inherent to cloud provides a twofold advantage: businesses need only purchase those applications most needed (a la carte, if you will), and the burden of buying bulky unused storage space along with those applications becomes a thing of the past. Both of these mean cost savings upfront. What is more, several of the most valuable cloud applications can be sampled in their “personal customer” modes for free, such as Dropbox, HootSuite, and Mail Chimp.

ADVANTAGE: In-house server upkeep spending nosedives — or disappears — with use of cloud computing. This “pay as you go” concept applies to several facets of a business, from its desktops (SaaS applications) to company mobile devices.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

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