What Is The Cloud?

We know you’ve probably heard about cloud computing before, especially as the modern workplace continues to change and innovate to achieve greater success as quickly as possible. The question is, what IS the cloud, and is it right for your business? Simply put, the cloud is an internet server where a business keeps the information, files, and critical applications needed to run their business. This allows them to access those assets from anywhere on any device via an internet connection. Cloud storage is just like storing your data on a server in your office but instead, it’s on your cloud service provider’s computer. Being stored there, you no longer need to worry about maintaining, monitoring, replacing, and securing an expensive server yourself. For example, worrying about cloud configurations, cloud deployment, and cloud functions is left completely up to the provider.

Cloud computing is also the answer to one of your organization’s biggest dilemmas- needing to upgrade hardware but not being able to reasonably afford to replace servers to fit growth demands. Knowing what the cloud is and its benefits allow you to make the best decision for your business when it comes to cloud computing, so let’s get right into it.

Simply put, Cloud Computing is:

  1. On-demand access through the internet, to your computing resources stored at a remote data center and managed by a cloud services provider (CSP).
  2. It stores your business’s computer applications, servers, data and more!
  3. It is called “the cloud” because you are accessing information over the internet but it is still stored on a physical internet server somewhere out there.

In other words, “The Cloud” is just someone else’s computer where you are storing your data instead of storing it on your own computer hard drive.

 

 

How Does Cloud Computing Work?

  1. Decide if you want to move all or just some of your information off-site to a cloud server.
  2. Decide if you will host your off-site information and applications on a private cloud server or a public cloud server.
  3. Consult with a Cloud Services Provider you TRUST to migrate your information and applications to the cloud and configure your setting properly.
  4. Host your server, data, and applications off-site in the cloud.
  5. You now have the ability to access assets hosted in the cloud from anywhere on any device as long as you have an internet connection.
  6. Let your Managed Cloud Services Provider do the rest.

 

Can Cloud Computing Help You Take Your Business To The Next Level? YES. It really can! Cloud implementation means the end of limitations on your business’s ability to scale INSTANTLY with UNLIMITED storage at your fingertips, leveling the playing field for small businesses. Cloud servers are a remote location to host your data. These remote servers give you instant cloud backups and eliminate a business’s need to protect themselves from devastating data loss due to fire, flood, power outages, unpredictable Texas weather (we’re lookin’ at you, “Snowmageddon 2021”), and the number one cause of data loss – hardware failure.

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In a cloud environment your business can run processes on cloud applications from literally anywhere you have an internet connection, and your cloud service provider does the rest (this is exactly what our cloud services do for our clients). Now you can spend a month remotely working in your favorite vacation spot and never miss a beat. We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to us!

But as a CEO you don’t necessarily need to worry yourself about what the cloud is or how it works. Do you worry about how speakers work? No! You don’t. You just know that when “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC comes on you crank it way up and keep driving forward. It’s up to your cloud service provider to worry about all the little details of the cloud. So, ask not WHAT or WHERE the cloud is, but what the cloud CAN DO for your business, as in “can the cloud connect me with my data anytime and anywhere and let me basically bring my office everywhere I go?” The answer is yes.

 

Benefits of being cloud-based:
1. greater productivity
2. lowered I.T. costs
3. reduced complexity of their network
4. efficient disaster recovery
5. greater flexibility
6. business agility
7. automated backups
8. work from anywhere on any device
9. easily collaborate with your team from anywhere
10. quickly scale up or down when you need to

 

As long as cloud migration with the correct cloud infrastructure is executed safely with the help of an experienced cloud service provider, there are no limits to the amount of growth your business can experience with the right cloud technologies.

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The Top 3 Biggest Cloud Providers:

There are many, many cloud providers out there, but who are the top players?

 

How Many Businesses Are Using Cloud Computing Services?

50% of businesses today host part or all of their information on the Cloud.
Over 65% of our clients have already upgraded one or more functions to the Cloud.

 

 

“Cloud computing is the way forward for a lot of companies who need to control their I.T. costs while allowing their employees to work from anywhere. The flexibility gained by moving your applications and files to the cloud cannot be overlooked when you consider where to invest your I.T. dollars. Increased uptime and greater productivity are both possible with cloud computing.”Neal Juern, CEO, Juern Technology

 

 

Early cloud adoption will position your business to innovate the way it shares information, collaborates both internally and externally, streamlines business practices to optimize work time, and offers work options to employees that do not even need to be physically in the office all the time if at all.

Being an early adopter of cloud technologies will pay off as your non-cloud-based competitors get left in the dust. These technologies help companies build much better agility in their business, allowing them to not only maintain but greatly advance their competitive advantage. Trust us, no one wants to be left behind with fewer options, less flexibility, and incomplete protection against becoming the latest victim of a cyber-attack. Along with better agility and productivity, you can also fortify your business’s defenses against cyber criminals while utilizing all the many benefits the cloud has to offer. Many small to medium sizes businesses believe they are not targets for cybercrime, but when you consider that businesses with just ONE employee are being targeted with phishing emails and ransomware daily, why WOULDN’T they target your business? Knowledge is power and simply knowing the potential problems with cloud migrations and their risks allows you to put the proper safeguards in place and STOP them in their tracks, keeping your cloud data as safe as (if not safer than) it would be stored on on-premises servers.

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Ready To Learn How Cloud Computing Services Can Help Your Business Grow? Cloud computing is an incredibly valuable tool that many small to mid-sized businesses use every single day to increase their productivity, lower their I.T. costs, and achieve greater work flexibility. That’s why we’re offering prospective new clients in the San Antonio and Austin areas with 40 computers or more a Cloud Readiness Assessment. This assessment will provide you with extensive cloud resources and show you how the right cloud offerings can help you move your business forward with complete confidence! Give us a call at (210) 245-6900 or click here https://www.juerntech.com/lovethecloud/ to request a FREE, no-obligation Cloud Readiness Assessment for your business today!