There’s a good chance that MOST of the software applications that you use every day now are SaaS applications, or “Software as a service”. In other words, you don’t have to install them on your server or PC – you simply access it as a pay-as-you-go model for only the licenses, space and features that you use. This gives you the ability to access highly sophisticated software and functionality at a fraction of the cost – or even for free – and without long term commitments.
For example, Google is a massive, free cloud application – the power required to search billions of websites and content in seconds and deliver the relevant results to your screen far exceeds the capacity of your PC. Facebook is another free cloud application that allows you to post pictures, play games, and connect with your friends in real time without having to install those applications on your computer. Of course, there are also the applications such as Salesforce, Constant Contact, Survey Monkey, etc., that you pay to use.
With the recent introduction of cloud-based office 365, Google Apps and thousands of other SaaS applications, it’s becoming unnecessary for some businesses to purchase and maintain an onsite server. Now companies can host one or more of their applications, data, email and other functions “in the cloud”. That simply means it’s stored offsite in a highly secure, high availability, “utility” that has far more power and resources than you could ever logically have onsite as a small business. And with devices getting cheaper and Internet connectivity exploding, cloud computing is suddenly a very smart, viable option for small business owners.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING?
- Eliminates the need for expensive server upgrades and allows you to use cheaper devices to get the same work done.
- Frees you to access applications from any device and location. All you need is an Internet connection.
- Built-in disaster recovery and business continuity.
- Only pay for what you need and use (utility pricing).
IS CLOUD COMPUTING RIGHT FOR YOU?
While there are a ton of benefits to cloud computing, it’s NOT right for every company. Some applications don’t play well in the cloud. You need commercial grade Internet connectivity, and some functions, like working with large graphics files, are better kept local or the slowness will make you crazy! However, in almost every case, parts of your computer network (functions) can easily be put in the cloud to save you money and give you better service. So before you donate your server and sign up for Office 365, it’s important that you talk to someone who can honestly assess your unique situation and tell you the pros and cons of making the switch to cloud computing. At no cost or obligation, we will come to your office and conduct a complete review of your computer network, data, software, hardware and how you work. From there we’ll provide you with insights and helpful answers as to how YOU can benefit from cloud computing.
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