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What is cloud computing and how can it help your business?

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12938502_SWhat is cloud computing? What is the cloud? Is the cloud something my business needs or am I already using it?

These are just some of many questions we receive on this subject and for a good reason. Cloud computing is the latest trend for businesses updating their computer systems today. In fact, cloud computing will cross the $270 billion mark by 2020 and thousands of companies every year are implementing it at rapid rates.

Now that we’ve demonstrated the importance of cloud computing, you’re likely asking:

So, what is cloud computing then?

The simple definition: Cloud computing is essentially storing and accessing data and programs online instead of on your computer’s hard drive. You likely use the “cloud” already. Every time you write or send an email, you’re using the cloud. Any time you take a photo on your smartphone and it’s then stored to Google Photos, iCloud or Dropbox, you’re again using the “cloud.”

Cloud computing is only accessed over the Internet. If you’re offline, it is not considered cloud computing because you’re then storing files and information on your computer’s hard drive.

How can cloud computing help my business?

Cloud computing offers many benefits over storing data, programs and applications on your hard drive. For one, you can access your information from anywhere, whether you’re at the office or on the go. It saves plenty of space on your computer so you’re not bringing down speeds or productivity. Plus, you don’t have to keep purchasing and installing expensive software programs consistently to make sure your systems are up to date. All of your programs are online, so they’re updated automatically.

With cloud computing, your computer is also protected in the event that someone steals your desktop or laptop from the office. Since your data and programs are all online, you can still access them and even change your password so thieves won’t be able to steal private data. Cloud computing is even secure, especially if you purchase it through CloudTech1.

How can I get started on implementing cloud computing for my business?

If everything we said so far about cloud computing is peaking your interest, you’re not alone. We’ve helped many businesses implement cloud computing services and they have all had similar questions like you. Learn more about our cloud computing services here.

If you have any questions about cloud computing or have had a successful experience with it, feel free to post a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

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