ECC IT Solutions can help your business become more secure, reliable, and productive with cloud computing solutions while reducing your IT overhead and effort.
What is Cloud Computing?
There are many definitions and types of public cloud computing, but they all commonly include accessing and using computer hardware and software over a network (typically the Internet) on an infrastructure other than your own.
Rather than installing, running and maintaining computing resources on stand-alone machines in-house, companies and individuals access and use cloud computing solutions and software applications “in the cloud” from desktops, laptops, or mobile devices through the Internet.
Hosted applications, Exchange email, cloud backup and off-site data storage are all examples of cloud computing solutions. Cloud Computing is the environmentally friendly, green IT solution that enables secure remote access, instant upgrades, and high availability for your office staff and remote workers from anywhere they have Internet access.
Software as a Service, or SaaS, is a common type of application hosted in the cloud. SaaS is software that you do not download and install it on your computer, but rather you access it using a web browser or mobile app.
Short of user-specific application settings, you do not have complete control of these applications. This lack of control and inability to make changes in the code is not acceptable to some, but it is preferable to many users of SaaS cloud solutions who are happy to let the software vendor be responsible for bug fixes and software updates.
Reasons Companies Migrate to the Cloud
Traditionally, companies have carried the burden of acquiring and maintaining the hardware, software and networking systems it takes to run their software applications internally. Cloud computing is a much more flexible and less capital-intensive solution that reduces the burden on corporate IT organizations.
Cloud computing allows firms to outsource their computing needs and focus on their customers’ solutions. Depending on the need, there are various levels of cloud computing service that companies can take advantage of.
Cloud computing services are increasingly being adopted by small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) due to their lower set-up and maintenance costs, popularity with employees, nearly automatic setup and simple installation.
In fact, 48% of SMBs are currently using cloud computing solutions ranging from document sharing tools like Google Docs to web-hosted email and CRM databases like Salesforce.
Cloud-based data backup is seeing a slower adoption rate at 25%, but it’s still growing year after year and will likely become more commonly utilized as the convenience and availability of cloud-based services increases.
If you aren’t familiar with cloud computing solutions, now is the time to do so. ECC IT Solutions can reduce your IT burden and help your business become more secure, reliable, and productive with cloud computing solutions.
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