If you haven’t jumped on the cloud bandwagon yet, The Washington Post has a few reasons why you should.
Take computer backup, for example. The old way of backing up computers was to purchase an external hard drive and a software program, install the software, physically connect your computer to the hardware, then run the software program. If you had a laptop, you needed to make sure you continued to connect your computer to the external drive. And if you were traveling, the only way to keep your backup current was to haul the drive along with you.
With cloud backup, you don’t purchase any hardware or software. Instead, you subscribe to a backup service over the Internet, download a lightweight app, and your computer data is securely backed up over the Internet to a server which is safely and securely housed at the backup provider’s data center. The backup runs in the background and the only thing you need to connect to your computer is the Internet, which we’re pretty sure you’re doing already.
Backup is just one service moving to the cloud. Everything from accounting software to fax service to phone service is now available over the Internet.
How does your business take advantage of the “cloud”?
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