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Cloud computing – 3 ways it will save your business

Written by: Sandra Lewis

Cloud computing is another way in which businesses are going virtual. It’s a hot topic in the IT industry, and it’s a hot commodity for businesses that are looking to save money and grow their business using the fastest and most secure virtual systems available.

Cloud computing has already permeated the way we organise our personal lives through social interactions and personal finance management. If you shop online, use internet banking, use social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and store photos online using services like Flickr or Instagram then you’re already using cloud computing.

Your business might also have some cloud computing systems in place already such as file-sharing systems like Dropbox, note-taking programs like Evernote, or even web-based accounting software like Freshbooks.

Cloud computing is a great way to make your business processes more efficient and more effective, but it can also help you to save your business. Here are three things you should know:

1. It is an automatic back-up

If you’ve ever had a failed hard drive or computer drama, you’ll know how important it is to back up your data and files. With cloud computing file-sharing systems like Dropbox, your data is stored in the cloud which means that it is not on any one computer. If your computer’s hard-drive fails, it’s not a problem for your business. Just log on to your file networks from another device, and everything will still be there where you left it.

2. It is a secure system, and you can limit file access

Cloud computing provides your business with a safe and secure way to manage your files. You can limit access to your files and documents, you can control how people interact with your data, and you can only share those files that need to be shared.

There’s no more emailing files across to staff or virtual assistants, and no need to give them access to all of your files: simply share the relevant files with your staff on your cloud computing system and get instant notifications of changes or updates.

3. It will save you money and give you big-business solutions

Cloud computing is an affordable alternative to investing in your own servers and security measures, and it allows you to cut back on physical storage units and space as well. It effectively allows you to split the cost of these services with thousands of other businesses without compromising on quality or security.

Perhaps the biggest perk of sharing servers and secure cloud computing networks is that you also get access to the latest in cloud computing technology. Companies who provide cloud computing systems are committed to keeping their security measures up to date, and to providing their customers with the latest applications and functions to make file-sharing easier and more effective. They have to be the best to retain business, so you get big-business solutions rolled out on a regular basis to help prevent any compromised data or file-systems.

Have you had any computing disasters? How has cloud computing changed the way that your business deals with data and file back-ups?

Updated on July 21st, 2014

About the author: Sandra Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Boldly. She's passionate about helping founders move their business forward with the right skills and resources. Setting an example of the efficiencies gained working virtually, she manages her entire team on a virtual basis.