Connecting to the Cloud

Today, companies big and small are migrating their computing to the Cloud. For many reasons; lower costs, scalability, mobility, simpler upgrades, and business continuity are advantages every business can appreciate. No matter what applications or benefits the Cloud offers, the ability to access them is limited by the network that connects to it. A fast, secure and reliable Internet connection is the key to a successful Cloud computing formula. Here are some advantages to using the Cloud.

Advantages include:
  • Lower cost – Cloud computing lowers costs by helping to reduce capital expenditures. When data is stored in the Cloud, no server equipment or software management is needed. As a result, the need for IT resources is lessened along with hardware and software upgrades. A business relies on its Internet connection to access data and services located in the Cloud.
  • Scalability – Users can vary their use of Cloud services according to need and budget. Businesses subscribe only to the tools they require. As business needs change, the Cloud offers the flexibility and scalability needed to adjust by dynamically adding new services or purchasing additional storage space.
  • Mobility – The mobility provided by Cloud computing enables employees to work from a variety of locations and myriad of devices. They can sign in to their Cloud-based services from a laptop, smartphone or other Internet-based devices. Since files, documents and software are not on a hard drive and are available online, employees can work from virtually anywhere.
  • Maintenance – Maintaining business software is easier and more timely with the Cloud. Cloud vendors are responsible for upgrading their solutions, relieving businesses from the task of keeping systems up-to-date. As updates become available, Cloud computing providers make them available to subscribers.
  • Business Continuity – A solid business continuity plan begins with the Cloud. Since Cloud services enable employees to work remotely, on premise IT disasters may have less severe implications. Employees can continue to work from a virtual office, anywhere they have a computer and a connection to the Internet. Dependency on a specific business location is alleviated and company productivity may be maintained.

Whether accessing data or applications in the Cloud, and through any IP-enabled device, a business must have a reliable Internet service provider (ISP). Businesses must also ensure that their ISP owns and maintains its network to ensure network reliability and security necessary to retrieve data or connect to applications maintained in the Cloud. Finally, it is critical that the business has the right upload and download speeds necessary to effectively transmit critical data.