These days, there is a lot of talk about cloud solutions. This technology can be implemented in multiple ways, including a communication tool, a backup method, and a host for your infrastructure. Because there are so many uses of cloud computing, it can be hard to decipher how your business will best benefit. Today’s blog will discuss how cloud computing can strengthen your small or medium sized business.
It is critical for your business to consider the importance of your data and the consequences of any hacks or downtime. The first step in protection is being proactive against outside threats. Companies who utilize outsourced cloud solutions rely on another team to host and protect the data. These providers deliver superior virus protection and have a large team devoted to defending against the newest and strongest threats. Part of this defense includes software updates, which are easily deployed across the entire network from one control point. That is why this technology typically provides the most comprehensive protection. Popular types of cloud hosting include (but are not limited to):
- Software as a Service (SaaS): This method involves providing web based access to and protection of commercial software. Companies utilizing this technology have reduced time spent installing software. Small businesses especially enjoy being able to easily adjust their licensing to adjust their subscription length and add new users. Examples include Google Apps, Salesforce, Dropbox, and Microsoft Office 365.
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Some businesses decide to host not only their software, but also their full infrastructure over the internet. Companies enjoy that this method allows them to reduce the cost and time commitment typically devoted to their servers.
In the case of an emergency, businesses will benefit from their use of cloud storage when they are able to quickly and easily access their cloud backup. Frequent copies of information are made and stored at an offsite location. So in the case of a natural disaster, virus, or hacker, users will be able to access a recently created copy of their information as soon as they can connect to the internet. This is especially important for businesses whose critical data is corrupted by hackers. Cloud providers are able to find the backup that doesn’t contain the virus and give users access to that version of their system.
As we’ve discussed, there are many ways to utilize cloud technology. Whether you are looking for a way to protect your data from viruses, hackers, or other emergencies without growing your IT staff or are ready to start being proactive by backing up your information securely, we can work with you to develop a customized solution. Our team is experienced in working with a variety of businesses and finding the best use of technology to grow and strengthen their company. We would love to talk with you about how our services could be an asset to your company. Contact us today to get started!