Top 5 Secrets for Effective Cloud Computing

October 11th, 2013
Top 5 Secrets for Effective Cloud Computing

By Naomi Dolin-Aubertin

1. Not All Clouds are Equal
That may sound strange, but when you are looking to switch out your servers for the cloud, there are some things you want to keep in mind. As a business, you most likely offer your customers a guarantee that their information will be kept safe and secure. The best way for you to do this is to choose a private cloud service over the less secure public options. A private cloud provides not only data security, but it is also a managed service. What that means for you is that if problems arise, you have a team of dedicated engineers who will help fix it. A managed service gives you increased peace of mind knowing you have IT support and data security.2. The Cloud is a Device
And devices need to be taken care of to maintain their longevity and precision. Moving to the cloud doesn’t negate your need for quality IT support. What it does do is free you up from the day-to-day maintenance of an internal network. Again, you want to look to a managed service, which includes back-end support of your hardware, software and storage by a team of qualified engineers. They take care of the "tool maintenance" so that your information is secure and accessible when you need it.

3. The Cloud Can Save You Money
This really isn’t a secret, but it’s good repeating nonetheless. Switching to the cloud eliminates the need for costly hardware, software and support purchases. Cloud services can be customized to the plans you need and the number of employees you have, be it five or two hundred. With the cloud, there’s no need for capital investments or expensive system replacements. The bottom line is the cloud is good for…well, your bottom line.

4. The Cloud is Not a Cloud
This isn’t a secret for the more technically-aware, but just because the cloud isn’t a fluffy, cartoonish shape doesn’t make it any less cool or cutting edge. The cloud is a network of machines working together to store and process data. You're probably already using the cloud. Services like Google and Dropbox allow you to store information in the cloud. Twitter is cloud-based. Cloud storage is especially important as a means to keep your data safe, even if something happens to your computer, tablet or smart phone. So even though your data isn’t hanging out in the atmosphere, it’s great to know you can access it anytime, anywhere.

5. You Can Put Your Desktop in the Cloud 
The cloud isn’t just for document backups. You can actually access your entire desktop -- company shared drives, Microsoft Office Suite, email, contacts, calendar and other programs – right through the cloud. And since the cloud is based on the internet, that means you can log into your desktop from work, home or on your mobile device, making your business work for you, wherever you are.

Courtesy of: B2B Infographics

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