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A Beginner’s Guide to Cloud Computing Services

29 June 2018

You may have heard the term ‘cloud computing’ floating about in relation to new methods of managing IT infrastructure and software. You might not know it but you’re probably already use the cloud in one way or another on one of your devices, whether for music streaming or photo storage.

Cloud computing has barely been around for two decades so whether you’re a beginner or an expert there are bound to still be a few things you can learn. Read on to see how our cloud computing services can benefit your business.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing simplifies the management of a range of computing services from software to databases, networking to storage, and much more. The old way of managing and delivering these services would mean buying software that had to be physically installed onto each device you wanted to use it on, but with cloud based software it’s all made seamless as long as you have internet access.

How can your business use it?

Businesses in particular benefit the most from cloud computing as it has so many commercially useful uses. From using apps and hosting websites, to storing and analysing data you won’t be without cloud computing once you start using it. Here are three of the important uses of cloud computing for businesses.

  1. Data Backup

Data is an essential part of any modern business and losing data can be catastrophic to operations and revenue. System failures and cyber attacks are the main causes of data loss and there’s nothing more frustrating than losing a document you’ve been working on for hours when systems go down.

With cloud based software, however, your work is automatically saved and backed up on an external server. This is the same for all data and files,meaning that if disaster should strike and your own systems crash, everything can be quickly restored. Data backup is one of the most vital uses of the cloud.

  1. Sharing Data

You and your employees won’t always be in the office so it’s important that you can access your work and files from anywhere. Sharing data is so much easier with the cloud. With our hosted exchange and sharepoint service you get remote access from any device and can easily track and share documents, files, contacts, and much more.

  1. Scalability

In any business it’s important to plan for increases and decreases in demand and the computing services you use need to be able to adapt to this. Luckily cloud based software is fully scalable and you pay for however much access you need at the time. Paying as you go instead of an upfront cost is a lot more value for money as you won’t be paying too much for the service you’re receiving. Cloud computing is a lot more flexible and allows you to plan for growths and quiet periods in your business.

How will your business benefit?

Cloud computing is so beneficial for businesses in terms of increasing productivity while reducing costs. Cloud based software performs efficiently, keeps you on top of the latest updates, and can lead to greater productivity and profit. It’s on demand, fast, and reliable. We think it’s the way forward in managing and delivering computer services.

ICT Solutions Cloud Computing Services

Here at ICT Solutions we offer hosted cloud computing services which are affordable and fully flexible. To find out more about cloud computing and our services take a look at our website or call us on 0151 230 2424.