Don’t be scared if this term is unfamiliar: simply put, the “cloud” is the Internet and the “computing” isn’t calculus you need to work out – it’s simply a different method for accessing your data and working with your documents.
Basically, instead of files and programs being stored on physical hardware, everything is stored on remote servers and accessible through the Internet. This makes almost everything you need to run your business available wherever, whenever you need it, as long as you’re connected to the Internet. Design files, proposals and invoices, MS Office documents, email, software – think about how convenient it would be to always have everything at hand.
With the Internet accessible from not just computers, but also smartphones, tablet computers (like the iPad!), personal organizers and the like, the possibilities are endless when your files and programs are all in the clouds.
Guess what! More likely than not, you use cloud computing every day. The most basic example would be your email service – got Gmail? Yahoo mail, AOL mail, Hotmail, etc.? You are accessing messages that aren’t stored on your computer – they’re stored on the big servers at Google, Yahoo and other companies that provide email services. Voila! Cloud computing. Now what if all your other files were accessible this way?
Just think about all the trouble you could save…
- You won’t have to worry as much about hardware, if at all. The only thing you need to run a business in the clouds is a good Internet connection. No more concerns like “Do I have enough space on my hard drive for this?” “Does my computer have enough RAM to run this software?”
- You’ll save money! You won’t have to sink all your hard-earned dollars into constantly upgrading your computer to keep up. Instead of buying software upgrades, the online versions of most programs give you instant access to updates. Case in point: DreamDraper Online
- Everyone involved in your business can be on the same page. Someone working from home? Don’t have an office where everyone gathers regularly? No problem – if your files are stored online, everyone can access and edit the same information, all the time.
- You can both please and impress clients. Let’s say you need a file at a client location, but your computer is back at your office or home. Instead of running back and forth and keeping a client waiting, you could use cloud computing to have instant access to what you need, right on the spot. You’ll make your client happy, and look like a technology whiz.
- You can worry less about losing your files altogether. True, a server can fail – no technology is absolutely fool-proof. But it’s much more likely that your computer or personal hard drive will implode and destroy your business. The servers where your files would be saved if you’re cloud computing would be constantly backed up, too – so even if they did fail, you will most likely not lose your data permanently.
- It’s easy! It may sound overwhelming, but a little bit of time getting yourself organized online can mean hours, days, even weeks saved in running back and forth to the physical locations of your files.
Keep an eye out for Part II of our series of blog posts on Cloud Computing! Next time we’ll give you some specific methods for getting your business up in the clouds, and keeping your data safe and secure while you do it.
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