Cloud Computing 101 : Getting started with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is fast becoming a common theme in the work place and everyone wants to have access to it. Think about Dropbox, the most used Cloud Storage service! Businesses looking to get a step ahead of the competition will always be looking for ways in which to streamline their day to day activity and cloud computing is just one of them.

Whether you’re a business leader looking for a  way to push your own firm towards the cutting edge or an employee hoping to further your understanding, here we take a closer look at cloud computing – what it is and why it works.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

The Basics

Cloud computing offers businesses the ability to store data ‘in the Cloud’. This means that data is held centrally and shared over a network, whether that is a local network within the office, or over the internet itself.

With the growth and development of the internet, as well as the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, the ability to share data anytime and from any place over the web is having hugely positive implications for the business world.

For evidence of this you need only look at the actions of some of the biggest tech brands on the planet – all of which seem to be moving towards the Cloud.

ZTE, the fifth largest telecoms equipment maker, for example, plans to take their cloud computing services out of native China in an overseas bid outlined in this Reuter’s article.

Security on the Cloud

One of the most immediate and tangible benefits to using the Cloud has to do with security. Storing key information about your business and customers on hard drives in the office leaves you somewhat vulnerable.

Not only could a break in have terrible consequences, but the information could easily be destroyed by a fire.

By taking the information outside the office and spreading it around, you can be sure that it will be safe. Cloud data is encrypted and can only be accessed by you and your chosen employees.

Accessibility of Data on the Cloud

Cloud storage also has hugely positive implications for the actual running of your business. The ability to access key information from anywhere, not just within the office, means that you can do more of your business on the move.

This can help to ensure that you’re up to date with matters such as accounts, regardless of where you are. It also means that, using cloud accounting software, making them easier for you to handle at the end of the day.

Collaboration on the Cloud

One of the less often acknowledged benefits to come with cloud computing is the potential for collaboration. Regardless of the industry in which your company works, collaboration is often a powerful tool. The trouble is that it’s not always possible for co-workers to be in the same place for long enough to work on a project.

Using the cloud, co-workers can work on the same documents simultaneously, seeing changes that the other makes as they make them. This is a great tool for businesses whose employees are always on the move, or for creative teams who are always keen to work on their projects.

Now, do you feel inclined to take your Small Business on the Cloud?

  • dinipc

    If you have your data on Google Drive and employees share those documents with each other, does it mean that your Small Business has gotten onto the cloud?