What is the Cloud?
The Cloud delivers services virtually and the virtual nature of the Cloud means you do not need to provide any storage hardware or install anything or have any data on your businesses server. The Cloud also allows you to access all your data remotely from anywhere via the Internet. So where exactly is your data? Safe and secure office data centers, with thousands of servers, store and manage all your date so that you can access it anytime you need it.
You May Already be Using the Cloud
If you are using any of the many popular web services like Flickr, Dropbox, Spotify, Amazon and even Gmail, then you already have experience with the cloud. All these services offer web services that allow you to access data (photos, music, documents, email, etc.) through the cloud. When you log into these service, you are accessing their servers to download the data.
Why Use the Cloud?
Having your data in the Cloud means you are never tied down to one location. Wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection, you can login to access your data. This allows you to work remotely or just check your email when you’re traveling. The Cloud eliminates the need for USM or external hard drives which put your information at risk of damage and theft. No matter what happens, you can always retrieve your information from the Cloud.
Why is the Term “Cloud” Used?
Well, think about it. On any device, your data can appear out of no-where, as if from the sky. No matter where you are, they sky is always accessible. It is this analogy that gave the Cloud its name. Just like the sky, the Cloud is also vast, offering endless possibilities when it comes to scaling your business.
So the cloud stores your data, allows you to use cloud-based web platforms like Gmail, and lets you access your information from anywhere. But are there any risks? Yes, if not managed responsibly, the Cloud is susceptible to hackers and other technical problems. When dealing with information critical to your business, it is always safest to let an IT professional set up your Cloud backup system, to ensure your data is safe and can always be restored.
Read more about the Cloud Backup that is part of our Fully Managed IT solution.