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Advantages of Cloud Management and Backup Tools for Small Businesses

A Contributed Article from Gina Smith

When the idea of "cloud" computing was first introduced, many people questioned both the need for and security of implementing this innovative new option for their small business.  Even as the "cloud" has continued to evolve, many small business owners are still apprehensive about utilizing cloud solutions.  Below are some concrete advantages which may ease the minds of those who still have reservations.

Security

While any network can be "hacked", many cloud providers implement security protocols which are generally more advanced than those found on small business networks.  They also continually monitor servers for viruses and any corruption which could compromise data.  These fail-safe procedures provide an added level of comfort for the small business owner, who can rest easy knowing their data is safe and secure. Of course, be sure to take time to research cloud providers and investigate their security protocols before signing the contract.

Remote access

Cloud systems allow remote access to information.  Rather than copying every file you have onto your laptop, you can essentially work from anywhere (home, hotel, another office, etc.) remotely.  Your provider will set up a login which permits access to files and information.  Partition your data or use separate login's to allow different levels of access for each employee.

Extra backup in event of disaster or system crash

Fire, storm, flood, earthquake, system crash...a number of external elements can compromise your network and cause data loss.  Some companies backup their files and either store the backup at their office or send it home with a trusted employee for safekeeping.  But, what happens if there is a widespread disaster?  Or, what if the files somehow became corrupt during the backup?  Cloud storage eliminates the fear of data loss because all of your files are securely stored on external servers.  Again, you want to research your service provider to find out where and how your data will be stored and understand their protocols for keeping it safe.

Ease of replacing obsolete computers

When your company becomes totally immersed in a cloud environment, replacing obsolete or testy computers is simple because you don't have to worry about transferring data!  Just connect the new machine and remotely transfer what you need directly from the cloud.  Almost sounds too easy!

Cloud options provide security, ease of use and peace of mind for small businesses.  The key is to thoroughly research providers and find one which provides the level of access, data protection and security protocols which fit your level of comfort.  But beware, once you start implementing "cloud" solutions, you may never turn back to traditional storage and computing ever again!

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About the Author

Gina Smith writes freelance articles for magazines, online outlets and publications on behalf of a number of companies, including Spanning.com. Smith covers the latest topics in the business, golf, tourism, technology and entertainment industries.
Published Monday, November 05, 2012 6:00 AM by David Marshall
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