webmasterDecember 1, 2016December 1, 2016If you are a small-to-medium sized business owner, “the cloud” may seem like a complex and unsettling option for your day-to-day business operations. However, chances are you or members of your family use the cloud every day and probably don’t think about. For example, have you ever… …used a mobile app on your phone, such as Facebook? …used a Chromebook or know someone who has? …stored things on Google Docs or Dropbox? …. watched a movie on Netflix? Believe it or not, all those apps are stored on the cloud. And everything is moving in this direction at lightning speed! So, if you don’t know where to begin or what the cloud has to offer, here is a guide to squash your fears – once and for all! How is the Cloud Different? Rather than storing your documents, presentations, photos and videos on different employee computers’ and/or your company server, the cloud uses a network of offsite computers. This solution continuously backs up your data, thus making it available 24/7 and giving users the most current version of the file. The other way the cloud is different, from traditional storage methods, is it is only available if the user is connected to the Internet. However, if the internet is not available, some apps will store changes on the user’s computer and upload those changes when connected, while others will not let you connect to the app at all. What about Security? This is the most challenged reason why business owners don’t move to the cloud. “My things were here (local), and now they are there (everywhere).” Rest assured, that reputable companies like Microsoft, Google, and IBM spend millions of dollars on encrypted security layers that most corporations could not begin to have on a local level. Most importantly, a data security protocol must be in place for employees when they leave your organization. According to Forrester, only 25% of data breach cases are the work of external attackers which means 75% are coming from inside the company. What about Access? As stated before, if they have internet capability and the authority to access the files, employees can access company documents from any device, at any time from any location. This allows for keeping your business going during times of shutdowns (Act of Gods, strikes, fires), looping in virtual employees, as well as, those that travel often. What about Backup? The cloud has backup built into it. No need to schedule it or take your system offline ever. What about Cost? The cloud usually costs far less than traditional onsite server solutions. In addition, you can reduce corporate IT staff to manage your network, since all the management of services shifts over to the cloud provider. Still not Sure about the Cloud? Rent first! Hartford Technology Rental has a cloud rental solution that will allow you to test out the cloud and prevent your organization from paying for idle computing resources. Give us a call at 888-520-5667 or contact us online to see how we can help you leverage the value of cloud computing today!