Cloud computing services are becoming more and more widespread, with even internet giants Amazon and Microsoft starting to offer storage in their own ‘clouds’ free of charge.

It may be great for backing up your photos, but what good is it for businesses?

Cloud computing can be defined as any technology service that is delivered, via the Internet, from a hosted service, so many services can fall into this category.

With that in mind services such as file sharing, Exchange Email and Hosted VoIP can all be classed as cloud services. A company, such as Gradwell, safely holds your information and provides you with the service, saving you the time, money and hassle of storing it locally.

The main benefits of cloud computing

  • Money saving: The major benefit to businesses is money saving. Using hosted services means that you don’t have to invest in expensive equipment or software.
  • Time saving: With anywhere access to your important files, you don’t have to request that your colleague emails over a file for you to work on. If it is hosted, you can access it immediately.
  • Hassle saving: Rather than having to copy your data to several places before you leave the office, say to a USB stick or external hard drive, your data is held in one central place.
  • Tech saving: If your data was stored locally and your computer dies, your data goes with it. Store it with a dedicated hosting company and your data is in safe hands.

While this sounds too good to be true, cloud services are a driving force behind being able to set up remote workers with relative ease. You can all access the same files, email accounts and phone system no matter where in the world you are.

And it isn’t just small businesses who are benefitting from cloud computing. A study, commissioned by software company CA Technologies, shows that 80% of big businesses use one or more cloud services, while just over half of them are using up to 6.

To see how hosted services can help your business, talk to one of our experiences sales assistants on 01225 800 808.


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