Cloud Computing as broadly explained within our Cloud solutions page, the cloud is an array of computers/servers operating to fulfill specific roles for which we connect to via the Internet.
To list some of the roles:
Data storage: we can store data within the Cloud that will be synchronized to any device, which has been configured to see the same cloud storage. Some example of cloud storage platforms; Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Live Drive etc..Running programs: users can login to a cloud based program, normally through a website which will retain all settings and data despite the computer/device you are using as it is actually being processed within the cloud: Some examples programs: facebook, twitter, programs you login to via an internet page or server.Emails: In previous years email systems were “pop3”, managed emails (filed, deleted, read etc..) would not appear the same way on other devices. Now we have the cloud we are able to manage our emails from any device and it will appear exactly the same way on any other. Some examples of cloud email systems; Office 365, Google mail, Exchange, IMAP etc..
Now we have the Cloud we’re able to work seamlessly across our devices, as our data is being synchronized back and forth using the Internet.
We are able to share data with others with a touch of a button. Previously this was mostly done via email, which was not ideal as there are restrictions on size.
If your computer is damaged, lost or stolen it’s not the end of the world, still not ideal, but recoverable as data can be retrieved from the cloud.
Especially in corporate environments, were able to work on the same projects and/or within the same system and not have to be within the same building.
First of all, as highlighted above we need constant reliable Internet as without we would not be able to connect to the Cloud and with unreliable/slow Internet the synchronization/user experience would be poor, slow and in some cases unusable.
You need to decide what platforms to use. As there is a lot to consider it is highly advisable to seek specialist advice, as there are many things to consider;
Scalability: will the platforms you use grow with your business
Compatibility: Will the you platforms you select work together and are usable with your current system/devices
Compliance: as your data will be stored elsewhere you must ensure you don’t breach data protection etc…Cost: Although in most cases the Cloud saves money and enhances productivity, you should still do the math’s and ensure it does not exceeds budgets
What even the specialists overlook is ensuring that you have a backup of your cloud! After all cloud computing is run by computers and as your know can go wrong, this is unlikely as without doubt there will be a backup of your cloud(s) however I would advise keep a local copy just in case the worse happens.