In the realm of computing, cloud technology is so significant that processes, such as email, document creation, and even music services, are now predominantly cloud-based. And yet, many small- to medium-sized businesses remain unsure about which processes they should transition to the cloud. If you’re facing this dilemma, read on to learn the most popular cloud solutions that you can consider adopting.
In the past, businesses seeking personalized email addresses had to host their email clients on internal servers. This required having an in-house IT team managing such servers and investing in dedicated email servers, which were often beyond the means or capabilities of many businesses.
Fortunately, cloud technology provides a more efficient and cost-effective alternative. Now, businesses can shift their email hosting to cloud-based solutions, eliminating the need to manage or invest in hardware for email operations, as the responsibility lies with the hosting service.
The term “cloud” is often associated with cloud storage services. Such services are abundant and widely used by businesses, making them one of the most popular types of cloud solutions.
Luckily, there is a multitude of cloud storage services specifically designed for businesses. These services offer generous storage capacity and robust security measures to safeguard critical data both during transit and while stored on the cloud.
Similar to email services, many of these cloud storage services are overseen by IT professionals who ensure the systems remain updated and secure. Some providers even offer storage rates that are comparable to, or even more cost-effective, than physical hard drives.
For certain businesses, the need for multiple servers to support operations is crucial. However, physical servers come with their own challenges, such as the requirement for in-house IT staff to manage them and their resource-intensive nature, which can lead to skyrocketing IT expenses.
For this reason, many small businesses are increasingly adopting cloud-based servers, which deliver the same server capabilities over the internet, eliminating the need for on-site physical servers. Without on-premises servers to maintain, you can save physical space and your resources are easier to manage.
Ask anyone running an eCommerce business about the resource intensity involved, and they would likely highlight the high costs and inefficiencies associated with managing an in-house solution, particularly when attempting to scale the online store.
The good news is that several robust cloud-based eCommerce platforms have emerged. These platforms have simplified online store management and eliminated the need for substantial hardware investments when scaling operations. Moreover, as these cloud solutions leverage pooled server resources, you can ensure the continuous availability of your store, even during periods of heavy traffic.
Document creation and collaboration
Traditional document creation systems, especially in companies with remote workers, often result in time wastage due to the back-and-forth exchange of different document versions and the need to ensure everyone is working on the same version.
Cloud-based document creation services for businesses are the answer to this problem. These services promote seamless collaboration with features that ensure that documents are consistently updated across all systems. And because these services are accessed through the web, it’s not necessary to purchase expensive licenses for individual users. Instead, businesses can opt for a minimal monthly fee.
Backup and recovery
By leveraging cloud data backup solutions, you can securely store backups of your data and systems off site, ensuring their availability in the event of a disaster that restricts access to your data. Many backup solutions offer automation capabilities, enabling regular backups of systems and data while also providing fast recovery times. Some businesses have witnessed critical systems being back online within just half an hour after re-establishing network connectivity.
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