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Article ID: 2929352 - Last Review: November 21, 2014 - Revision: 6.0

What is the cloud?

The cloud describes a collection of important business resources stored on web-based servers instead of your own computer, external hard drive, or server. These resources include free or subscription-based online services that enable you to access and store data, such as email and business applications. Examples of current cloud-based email services include Yahoo, Outlook, and Gmail. Office 365, Google docs and AppExhange by Salesforce are examples of cloud-based business applications.

What are the key advantages of making this move?

Moving to the cloud can make it easier for your team to work from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Web-based meeting software such as Lync, Skype, or Adobe Connect™ means you, your team members, and customers can collaborate from a convenient Internet connection with almost any device. Need an important document? You can access, save, and share files over the web.

Using cloud-based business applications also means no more saving up to afford the latest software upgrade and no more trips to the store for the shrink-wrapped version. Your cloud service provider automatically provides you with the latest version of your applications on all company devices as soon as they are available.

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Cloud-based business applications also let you respond quickly to seasonal downshifts or growth spurts. You can add or remove licenses, through your online administration portal, to adjust to your changing needs.

Does the threat of accidental data loss worry you?

Do you regularly back up your files? After you move to the cloud, you’ll no longer have to worry about what might happen if your computers, servers, or devices are damaged through theft, fire, flood, or human error. With a trusted cloud service provider, your data will be kept in a secured system, reducing the risk that your data will be lost.

Are IT costs a concern?

A move to the cloud empowers you to manage your IT services from one portal with your own online administration center, without having to pay an IT specialist. And since your cloud service provider owns and maintains the cloud servers, you’re spared the headache of managing servers in-house.

Did you answer yes to any of these questions?

While you may not be ready to make your decision to move to the cloud today, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably ready to learn more information.

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