Want a Quick Lesson on The Cloud?

What is the Cloud? Here’s an analogy that might help. Let’s say that you’re working in a small, cramped office. You have piles of files stacked high on your desk with no room for even one more.

Your landlord comes in and offers you an empty file cabinet that’s located in the basement of your building. Although you share this space in the basement with other tenants, the file cabinet will be just for your files. No one else will have the key to the cabinet, so the files you store will be safe and protected from intruders.

Because you’re only paying for the file cabinet and not the entire space in the basement, your costs will be manageable and affordable. Now, that cluttered desktop is gone, and you have the room you need to produce more files. And because your files are organized neatly in the file cabinet, you can easily access what you need, when you need it.

This is much like the way the Cloud works. It’s in the backend of your IT infrastructure (your basement in this comparison), no one can retrieve your files without your encryption key, and you can access your cloud files wherever you have a computer device with an internet connection.

Did You Know That You’ve Been Using the Cloud for Years? The Cloud is another word for the Internet. If you’re like most of us, you’ve been using the Internet for a long time. If you’ve ever used Gmail, you’ve been using cloud-based email. Your messages were all stored on the Google Cloud. Cloud-based email hosting was one of the first used cloud computing services for both consumers and businesses. Do you use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn? Do you shop on Amazon, watch Amazon Prime Movies on your smart TV? If so, you’re using cloud computing.

What are the Overall Benefits of Using the Cloud? You’ll Reduce Costs: You can achieve significant savings on hardware and software. Plus, you’ll have access to large amounts of data storage that you couldn’t achieve with simple hard drives and other forms of onsite storage. Anywhere-Anytime Access: You and your staff can access software, hardware and your data from wherever you have a computer device and an internet connection.

File Sharing: With solutions like Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint, you and your staff can collaborate on documents, presentations and spreadsheets in real time. You’ll never worry if you’re working on the latest version or will need to email them back and forth.

Fast Deployment of IT Solutions: Cloud services can be up and running within an hour, rather than the days or weeks it might take to build and implement an internal IT infrastructure.

Improved IT Security: Some people think the Cloud isn’t secure when in reality you’ll experience increased security. Most data breaches are due to lost or stolen computer devices with stored data. Data in the Cloud is stored in high-security data centers where the cloud provider uses the most stringent encryption methods. Cloud security is also carefully monitored to proactively identify and address possible breach vulnerabilities.

What is Cloud Monitoring? If you’re still uneasy about using the Cloud, consider cloud monitoring through a Managed Service Provider. This ensures that you can use the Cloud with confidence.

Your MSP carefully monitors your data in the Cloud to proactively identify and address possible breach vulnerabilities. And they can do this 24/7 so you can sleep well at night knowing that your data is always protected. Cloud monitoring supports a hybrid cloud environment where servers are unified from multiple locations. No matter if your servers are on-premise, in a data center, or in the public cloud, your MSP can oversee the performance of servers and block any intrusions. They can also ensure uptime and reliability of your IT environment and software applications with cloud monitoring.

Tech articles are provided by Phantom Technology Solutions, 5097 N 600 E, Rolling Prairie.

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