You hear about the Cloud every day. You probably even use Cloud-based apps and store your photos there. This is just a small fraction of what what the Cloud can do. To truly understand all the Cloud has to offer, you must understand what it really is and how it works.
What Is the Cloud? Cloud, in computing terms, is simply a group of connected servers. These servers work together to perform any required function. They process, store, and deliver data as needed. These servers can be onsite and privately owned or they can be housed in data centers and owned by a Cloud Service Provider (CSP). In the case of the CSP, individuals or businesses can purchase the compute power from the CSP without needing to worry about the purchase or maintenance of physical hardware.
How Can I Utilize the Cloud? The Cloud has so much more to offer than many realize and is especially beneficial to SMBs. With the help of an experienced and qualified CSP, you can have the computing power and storage capacity of enterprise class servers without the IT and hardware expenditures involved. Now that you can access all of this compute power, you can utilize your workforce in a much more productive way. By virtualizing your computer environment, your desktop is available to you from any device with an internet connection. Workers are no longer bound to a bulky desktop, a 9-5 schedule, or even an office. They can access all of their files and programs from anywhere and at anytime. With Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) or Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS), your workforce will see the same desktop, apps, and files, regardless of how they access it.
What Are the Benefits? You, as a business owner, are not limited by hardware costs. Costs can be further decreased by implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy that allows workers to use the device they are most comfortable with and relieves you of the burden of constantly refreshing and updating workstations. DaaS and mobile devices allow your workforce mobility and freedom that increases productivity. None of your companies data lies directly on these devices, it is all stored in the Cloud. If the device is lost or stolen, your data is safe.
The Cloud is the future of computing. For any business to succeed and grow, the Cloud will become a necessary component.