What is the Cloud?

Tomorrow’s Business Forecast: Continued Migration to the Cloud

In today’s business environment, safe, efficient information storage is a must. The volume of data you need to retain is growing exponentially. You’ve got large files with media-rich content, like video and high-resolution images, now taking up so much space that storing them on devices or hard drives is nearly impossible.

This is where the cloud comes in. But before you can begin relying on the cloud as the answer, you need to ask one question.

What Is the Cloud Exactly?

Think of it like this: The cloud is storage you rent, but instead of taking up space on a device, it’s stored on servers. Cloud servers are basically shared resources, each with a different function in data storage and accessibility.

The cloud is any service—like a phone service or file storage—that you don’t host on your local network. You’ve probably used the cloud in the past without realizing it. If your company uses any type of social media platform or online data drive like Dropbox, Gmail, Office 365 or Evernote, you’ve already worked in the cloud.

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Office1 Has Helped a Wide Range of Businesses Successfully Move to the Cloud 

Yours can be next. We’ll help your company start using the cloud to work smarter with:

  • Endless scalability
  • Ultra-secure data storage
  • Increased agility
  • Cost savings from only paying for what you use

Three Cloud Scenarios, All Leading to Increased Productivity 

Cloud computing takes control of applications or programs you would normally download onto a physical computer or in-house server. So, what’s the benefit of that? Storing these elements in the cloud allows multiple users to access them through the internet. Boom—suddenly you’ve opened the door to better collaboration, remote work options, and increased productivity! Here are the three possible scenarios for the cloud:

  • Private 
    In a private cloud, your own network or servers (those you directly control) host all your services. Private clouds are dedicated to single organizations through proprietary architecture.
  • Public
    The public cloud gives you access to information, data, and documents through the internet. Public clouds deliver services to multiple organizations. Take Office 365 for example. It runs on Microsoft’s servers and grants access to companies around the world via Outlook or a web browser.
  • Hybrid
    A hybrid cloud is a mix of private and public (third-party) clouds. A hybrid cloud platform gives you the advantages of both types in one. A private cloud can give you lightning-quick access to your most sensitive data. But with a hybrid cloud, you can also store less sensitive data that might not require instant access.

Your Business Is Unique. Your Cloud Solution Should Be Too. 

Now that you get what the cloud’s all about, you need a partner that gets you. At Office1, we’ll analyze your unique business needs right off the bat. Then, we tailor a solution that’s perfect for your company. Our team of elite cloud experts can tell you more and help you optimize, optimize, optimize with the ideal cloud services for your enterprise.

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