The cloud: some people love it, some hate it, and some don’t really know what it is. Cloud-based computing and data storage solutions have been gaining popularity over the last few years, and the recent shift toward remote work has shown businesses some of the greatest benefits of moving to the cloud. If your company has remote workers, multiple locations, or valuable data, a cloud-based technological infrastructure might have significant advantages. In this week’s blog, we will explore the basics of cloud-based computing, types of services available, and how your managed services provider can help with cloud migration.
What Is The Cloud?
Although most people have heard of the cloud, many people are still not entirely sure what it is or how it works. Rather than thinking of the cloud as a single entity, it can help to think of it as a method of storing and accessing information. Contrary to local storage (where files are stored on an individual computer’s hard drive), cloud-based storage involves keeping files in an off-site server. Users access their files via the internet, from virtually any device or location. Cloud-based computing and storage programs help businesses by enabling remote work, reducing overhead costs, providing backups for valuable information, and limiting the need for on-site servers and maintenance.
Cloud-Based Solutions For Data Storage And More
Various companies have their own versions of the cloud. While the concept of cloud-based computing and data storage is the same across platforms, each company that offers cloud services has its own added software and perks. Dropbox is an example of one service that focuses entirely on cloud-based storage, but there are other service providers who also offer computing and software services. Microsoft 365 is Microsoft’s solution for cloud-based computing and data storage, offering online versions of their software in addition to storage and communication tools. Google’s G Suite features similar perks, with its own word processing and spreadsheet programs in tow. Even Adobe has jumped into the cloud computing game — Adobe Creative Cloud allows users to download Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and other favorites to a limited number of devices, sharing files and assets seamlessly.
Streamlining Cloud Migration With Your Managed Services Provider
One of the most challenging aspects of migrating to the cloud is just that: the migration. Businesses often find that cloud-based file sharing is much easier than traditional methods, but there can be a bit of a learning curve. Deciding which cloud vendor to use can be challenging, and finding a product that includes all of the tools you need may be tough. Working with a managed services provider like Howard Tech Advisors can help you and your team make the transition to a cloud-based solution that meets your needs. Business owners must consider what functionality they need from their systems, which data needs to be transferred to cloud-based storage, and what training may be necessary to bring employees up to speed. Security measures are also critical; cloud access and user permissions can be challenging for business owners to navigate alone. Your managed services provider can ease the way by offering valuable insight and a helping hand.
Howard Tech Advisors: Your Local Managed Services Provider
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