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The Benefits of Cloud Computing

One thing Hurricane Sandy provided to the business world was a quick reminder of how important having a proper back-up system is when your ‘bread and butter’ involves computer files.

Many of our blog posts focus on various business aspects related to website development, generation of sales leads online, the future of the internet, and application development. One thing all of those areas have in common is the use of computers to store the majority of the information we use and as a platform to do most of our work. Heck, here at Lounge Lizard we are in the exact same boat.

That is why if you haven’t explored it already, it might be a good idea to look at going to the Cloud for your data back-up or even a primary source location for the majority of your files and applications.

Head in the Clouds

The storm that hit the east coast was pretty brutal. But even with the flooding most of the offices are relatively intact; except for that whole loss of power thing. How can you expect to run your business effectively when things like that occur if all of your important information is stuck in a ‘dead zone’?

Even if your can relocate to a hotel an hour away with a handful of laptops and cell phones, unless you have access to all of your files, services, etc. things are still relatively crippled which is never a good situation to be in.

Luckily, cloud computing has been advancing in leaps and bounds. You can now do so much more in a safe, easily accessible environment. Numerous big name companies such as Adobe, Sun, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and AT&T are charging right after that increasing demographic of companies that are moving up the cloud to make business options more flexible and mobile along with easier to access.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

  • Increased efficiency – People anywhere can access information with an internet connection.
  • More agility – You can shorten up projects and give your company a competitive market edge.
  • Reduced infrastructure and capital costs – Upgrading in IT used to be a big decision because of the cost but now you can look at monthly, quarterly, or yearly fees.
  • Streamlined – Typically it takes less people to do the same amount of work because the vendor handles many issues that would interrupt operations from time to time.
  • Pay what you use – Most of us hate waste and underused assets, but we often are left in that boat because we need certain capabilities ‘some times’.

Depending on exactly what you are doing that can even be more benefits for your business beyond these few that have been listed. In light of an ever-changing world looking into options such as cloud computing makes a lot of sense; especially when you see how much of an effect a big storm can have on your entire operation.

Time is money and having what you need when you need it is essential to businesses of all sizes. Getting up and running quickly is something that is hard to overlook especially when it gives you a level of fluidity that can serve you no matter what the situation is.

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