The term “cloud computing” isn’t new to the IT world. In fact, cloud computing has been the primary focus of hot topics and emerging IT trends for years. There’s no doubt that most of us have heard the term before, but when we look beyond all of the buzz, do we really know what it all means?

Traditionally, physical hardware and software has been the gateway to the way we communicate, organize data, and complete processes. While many companies still stick to traditional methods, their ability to share and collaborate with other users is hindered.

Thanks to cloud computing, you can now leave your hard drive at home. Cloud computing allows users to access information from anywhere at anytime. It opens the door for shared, collaborative work environments and can act as a platform to keep information backed up, safe, and secure.

While working on the cloud has its benefits, there are some things users should know in order to maintain optimum efficiency:

  • Monitor Cloud Performance- Proactive IT practices don’t just apply to hardware. With multiple users on the cloud, it’s important to monitor performance in order to be well-versed with an established plan to move forward.
  • Keep your Cloud Secure- Just like you wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked for multiple visitors, you wouldn’t leave your cloud unsecured either. A complete plan to guard your cloud from hackers and other threats is a necessity for maximum performance.
  • Prioritize Your Data- Understand what key data you need to operate, as well as your most important clients so that your most crucial information is always easy to access.

    Even though there are hazards that come along with cloud computing, there’s a reason many forward-thinking businesses are cashing in on the process. There’s no limit to who can benefit from cloud computing.

    Software services such as Basecamp, Constant Contact, or Go To Webinar are examples of useful services that are affordable and do not need any extensive hardware or software maintenance. Windows Azure or Google App Engine offer ease of development, and Amazon EC2/S3 and Rackspace offer an entire virtual network infrastructure.

    When it comes down to it, even though the cloud is considered a moving trend, it’s much more than that. Beyond the buzz, the cloud offers businesses a way to accelerate company-wide operations and step beyond the bounds of physical pieces of hardware.

    The cloud is flexible to fit any business need and can work to support any core service. To discover how the cloud can help accelerate your business, contact one of Atom Creek’s experts today 720.613.3031.