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The Forecast is Cloudy: 3 Benefits of Cloud Computing, Part II

March 30th, 2012 at 8:40 am

On Tuesday, Tech Talk kicked off a short series looking at three benefits of cloud computing. Our first post focused on cost savings. Today, we look at versatility.

cloud computer graphicImplementing a cloud computing solution allows your business to undertake a wider variety of tasks and projects, and grants employees a more agile way of completing tasks. At its core, cloud computing offers a means for companies to use applications how they want, when they want, and as much as they want. The experience is entirely customizable, and you can choose to use as many or as few cloud services as it wants.

Remote access, for example, is one of the most notable functions of cloud computing. It allows an employee to work on a project from any location, removing the need to run back into the office to make a change. With cloud computing, the employee can simply log in to the server and find the document or presentation in the exact same condition it was at the time of its most recent save. Any changes saved in the cloud would similarly be reflected when the employee returned to the office. For example, say you have an idea for a small change to a presentation long after the office has closed for the day. Instead of being locked out of a presentation that lives only on an office computer, you can log on from essentially anywhere, be it at home, a public hotspot, a smartphone, or tablet to make that minor change that otherwise may have been forgotten by the following morning.

In the event of a disaster, cloud-based services can prevent businesses from losing all of their information and data that would otherwise be lost if the hardware was destroyed somehow. If the information was stored in the cloud, it is accessible from nearly any device with an internet connection, eliminating the need to worry about losing sensitive data and better keeping the business able to continue operating should something happen to the hardware in the office.

Check back Tuesday for our final entry in the cloud computing series.

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