UNDERSTANDING AND USING THE CLOUD
Most businesses now use and rely on the cloud because of its convenience, reliability, cost savings and scalability.
If you are unsure of what the cloud is then it’s really very simple. The cloud is a collection of services, hardware or software apps that run over the existing infrastructure of the internet or our internal company networks.
A cloud service run over the internet is often referred to as a public cloud, while one run over your internal company network is sometimes called a private cloud.
Public Cloud based applications are something most of us have used and consists of services like web based email such as Gmail or Office365.
All the emails in a web based service like the examples above are stored on online servers or “clouds” rather than on your computer's hard drive. Some of the benefits of doing this are that it saves space which helps keep your computer clutter free, but more importantly, having your emails stored in the cloud means you can access them from any computer, tablet or smart phone wherever you are in the world. It also means you'll be able to recover all your backed-up files, data and emails if something was to happen to your computer.
Some examples of when cloud services are not the right choice for you is where the network or internet connection you use is so slow that accessing your files becomes a nightmare. We also need to be very vigilant around where the cloud services we use are storing our files as we could unknowingly be saving them in other countries where our own data privacy laws are not followed.
The digital world can be a confusing place however there’s no reason for it to be, if you want to understand more about navigating and understanding the digital world and how new technology can help you expand your business, have a look at some of our other blogs http://www.tchc.net/blog#top . Also, TCHC are currently running short digital courses to help SME’s understand the following topics…
• Cyber crime prevention and GDPR awareness for staff.
• Understanding and using the Cloud
• Improving I.T. user productivity in the workplace
• Using social media for business
• Foundation in computer networking