We’ve heard that cloud is a technology that will change the future. It is being said that someday, it’ll be the way businesses buy all of their technology. While all this may be true, you don’t have to wait for the future to bring cloud services to your business. Both large and small businesses are using cloud services for greater flexibility, to free themselves from managing complex technology and, importantly, to save money. So, can it help your business?
Email. Services like Microsoft Hosted exchange provide your business with full-featured email capabilities—the same ones you have in the office—no matter if you are working from home, on the road or anywhere in the world. You can log in with just an Internet connection. So the features you depend on, like your calendar and directories, which allow you to set up meetings and respond quickly, are always made available to you. Take a look.
Backup your data. We already know that every business should back up their data outside of their primary business—losing data can cost you money and truly disrupt your business. The cloud is a great solution for data backup as your data can be backed up to a location far from your business, protecting it from local weather, power disruptions any event that might restrict access to your office. Also, you don’t need to deal with buying expensive disk arrays or other storage devices that need to be installed, configured and maintained. With cloud, you can take advantage of the equipment cloud providers invest in, and have professionals make sure your data is available when you need it.
Security. A common concern that every business has—and rightly so— is how well it is protected from spam and the viruses it can carry. Attacks are rising in both volume and sophistication, and are targeted at all types and sizes of businesses. Protecting yourself from spam is complex and constantly changes as new techniques are developed. Cloud-based services have security experts that always keep your spam filtering up-to-date, so you no longer need to worry about being protected.
Collaboration. Programs like file sharing and Microsoft Lync give you the tools you need to improve communications in your business. They allow employees to easily share documents and communicate using IM or video conferencing in a secure environment. Buying such services from the cloud means you don’t have to purchase licenses and can avoid dealing with the complexity of installing or updating software. You can give your staff the tools they need, without increasing your costs or taking on more tasks to manage—the cloud makes all of this possible, while keeping it simple.
Cloud has leveled the playing field for SMBs (MS Hosted Exchange)
Cloud computing has many well-known benefits: transforming fixed costs into variable costs, enabling cost optimizations, bringing virtually unlimited scalability for computing resources, and so on. Some of the greatest benefits of the cloud, however, aren’t the direct ones, but rather derived benefits that come from the changes that cloud computing has brought upon the IT ecosystem as a whole.
In many senses, the cloud has leveled the playing field between many IT providers. A good example of this is enterprise software. While some years ago it would be nearly impossible for a small company to provide what we consider “enterprise-grade” software, cloud services and solutions have enabled a veritable revolution on this space.