A Contributed Article from Gina
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
About the Author
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