“The cloud,” sometimes called “the virtual cloud,” is a network used to store and share files and information that can be accessed by a user from any device, e.g. computer, smartphone, tablet.
How do I access “the cloud?”
- Your email is stored in the cloud by your email vendor – not on your device.
- Movies, music or news that you stream are also cloud-based.
- Access your data wherever you are: If one of your devices is broken, gets lost or is stolen, all of your data is securely stored in the virtual cloud. most likely
- Gives stakeholders real-time access to the same documents for simultaneous editing: Eliminate “latest version” concerns and stop using flash drives, which can be easily lost.
- Nearly unlimited storage: Doesn’t use up memory on local devices and can help you meet government regulatory storage requirements, if applicable.
- Cloud applications are part of your online network: No need to update individual workstations.
The size and sophistication of your business along with your particular needs for access and security will determine the best fit for you. There are generally three kinds of cloud solutions: private, public and hybrid.
- Private: Allows you to have a dedicated or virtual firewall to lock down and secure your data which can be accessed by a private line or virtual private network (VPN). With the extra layer of security, outside threats have less of an opportunity to breach your information. Typically includes additional support from the vendor.
- Public: Via the internet. May be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model which allows for scalability as business needs change.
- Hybrid: A mixture of private cloud infrastructure and 3rd party public cloud accessibility to allow greater flexibility in managing and gaining access to your data.
West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee:
Jon Archambault: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Calibey: Dave@bigthunk.com
Tony Leesha: email@example.com
Lynn A. Rappaport: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Tracey: ETracey@thinkadnet.com
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