We've all heard about the cloud and all its wonderful features but have we ever stopped and thought - what exactly is the cloud and what is it capable of? Let ETech 7, a leading IT consulting firm in NYC, walk you through the ins and outs of cloud management.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) June 11, 2018
In its bid to raise awareness about the various benefits of managed cloud services for startups and established businesses alike, ETech 7 - a leading managed IT services provider - recently dispelled misconceptions and fear about one of the most important innovations of the 21st century.
Cloud computing is a term used for the delivery of hosted services over the internet. On the other hand, cloud management is more of the same thing but with a third-party service provider managing your cloud behind the scenes. In layman’s terms, cloud computing enables its users to access and use a network of remote servers to store, manage, and process data as opposed to buying, maintaining, and paying for a local server of a personal computer. In general, cloud computing is usually included in a basic managed IT support package.
How Secure is the Cloud?
“Hackers today cast a large net in order to find vulnerable computer users,” warns ETech 7's CEO, Emil Isanov. “As technology constantly innovates, these people or groups of people also innovate their approaches to find vulnerabilities and then exploit these vulnerabilities for their own gain.” Isanov adds that many of today’s sophisticated hackers are not necessarily targeting specific persons or groups as much as they are aiming to penetrate vulnerable systems.
Even though many firms are quickly migrating to the cloud to cut costs and save time, cloud computing has other important advantages that can help small business become more competitive. Isanov stresses that monitoring your cloud usage and monitoring the software that you use are two different things. He adds that downloading from a trusted source such as Microsoft or Norton would most likely be free from viruses, whereas downloading from an unfamiliar site may be questionable.
IT consulting companies oversee large data centers that use multiple layers of protection, but user devices may still be breached by hackers. Creating a series of security layers to protect digital assets is key – including a robust anti-virus software program, using different passwords for different accounts, and encrypting any type of data. Users must also be wary on what they click since malware can be unleashed through phishing emails and infected websites.
However, the most unnoticed advantage of the cloud is that it is an effective place to store data as backup for recovery in the event of downtime, data loss, or emergency. A firm no longer needs a physical external hard drive to store all of their data. The cloud also allows employees to work from anywhere, anytime as long as they have an internet connection.
How Affordable is the Cloud?
Cloud pricing would depend on the package that you need and the extent of service that it needs to have to keep it running. Many startup companies have been able to launch their businesses because of how affordable the cloud is. Another perk is that the cloud allows employees to access work projects at any time from any location which creates a more flexible work environment.
Ultimately, moving to the cloud allows a company to focus on its customers instead of worrying about maintaining hardware. Once a business exists in the cloud, there is no need to keep investing in expensive hardware, upgrades, or maintenance. Some businesses prefer the hybrid model that integrates local infrastructure with cloud services.
How Productive is the Cloud?
Cloud services can empower a business to boost its productivity by selecting appropriate solutions after experimenting with different programs. The cloud offers a vast collection of subscription-based applications that are designed to reduce waste and speed up redundant tasks. Automation has become a major solution for cutting overhead costs, reducing human error and accelerating production.
One of the biggest advantages to cloud services is that they allow buyers to bypass huge upfront costs that accompany industry software. Instead, users can pay fixed monthly fees as they go along and remain subscribers for as long as necessary. This dynamic allows companies to try out a wide variety of new software affordably.
Usually there's less of a learning curve with cloud services due to user-friendly features that allow users to begin working efficiently and productively right away. Many businesses use Microsoft 365 as an introduction into cloud services due to its familiar tools and easy installation. The cloud allows businesses to effectively explore and test alternatives to current software solutions.