Many of us watch the news to track what the weather is going to do: ruin our day or let us play. Short of thunder-and-lightening clouds that may start fires and crack our eardrums, we generally don't "fear" clouds, unless they're techno-clouds and we are technophobes! Cloud computing might sound like the work of a meteorologist, but IT experts confirm that cloud computing allows storage and access to data and applications on the ultimate "cloud": the Internet.
Imagine, a viral storage unit locked into a cloud that you can access from anywhere, at any time of night or day. Of course, that means it is remote, which is ironic, since remote means "distant, isolated, and inaccessible" in other contexts, but in the cyber world means "can be accessed and controlled from a distance."
The comfort factor lies in knowing that if you're one of the tens of thousands of people that leave their laptops behind in hotels or airports, that you can still access information stored in your "cloud". The dark side of the cloud is that you must make sure your network is secure to keep your "stored" information from becoming a virtual free-for-all.
So, you're on the fence gazing at the "cloud", wondering if it's for you? Well, here are a few things to consider:
Free Cloud Hardware: Your cloud generally comes with a monthly fee, but there are free cloud options available, depending on how much space you need. Think of it like a move across country - you can save money by sharing a van (cloud) with someone else, so long as you don't have too much stuff to fit in the truck.
No Expensive IT needed: Technophobes sometimes fear that their lack of knowledge will require them to hire a tech team to manage their "cloud". Not so. Lightning will not strike if you manage the storing of information yourself.
Sinplicity: What used to take time by backing everything up is done for you, and you don't have to spend added time emailing files to yourself so you can work off sight. Your cloud will feel like it "moves with you", when in fact, it stays in one easy-to-access place: cyberspace, and is always available to you.
Clouds Can't Think. But you can and do and should. Security is always at the forefront of all business owners' concerns. If you've come up with the next best thing since soft cream cheese, you probably don't want to store that on your cloud. Make security a primary concern when choosing a cloud service provider.
Just as a meteorologist doesn't just "make up the weather" (though sometimes it may seem that way when they say "no rain in the forecast" and outside it's pouring) you shouldn't just guess at what's best for your business. In other words, don't cloud the issue. Get the facts and who knows, cloud optimization might just end up being your next "Cloud Nine".
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