Chances are you have heard a lot lately about cloud computing, but if you are like most of the general public you may have only a vague notion of what it is and how it works. Cloud computing is a powerful concept, and it can be an excellent way to store your data safely and securely, even if your hard drive crashes or your laptop is damaged or stolen.
What is the Cloud?
The cloud computing model may seem complicated at first, but it is actually quite simple to understand. Cloud computing relies on vast networks of storage devices (to keep data safe) and switches, servers and routers (to get that data from your home computer, laptop, handheld device or smart phone to those remote data centers).
Is it Safe to Store my Data in the Cloud?
Yes. There are many different companies offering storage in the Cloud, and it is important to choose one with a good track record and a history of successfully recovering lost data for its customers.
What are the Benefits of the Cloud?
The idea behind cloud computing is to keep data safe in remote locations that are nearly impervious to fires, floods and other natural disasters. Once the data has been uploaded to the Cloud, it is safe from those dangers, and from more common threats like computer crashes and hard drive failures.
For example, BillQuick Online is being used successfully by our customers to access important information and financial data stored on the Cloud from just about anywhere, at any time.
If you have been using a smart phone or a service that syncs the data on your laptop, you may have been storing data in the cloud without even knowing it. When the camera on your smart phone saves a copy of your photo, it sends those images to the cloud for safekeeping. When you sync your handheld device, that data may be stored in the cloud as well. If you are concerned about the quality of this data storage, you can always request a photo or document to make sure it is easily recovered.
The Cloud computing concept can seem intimidating at first, but many users have been using this new technology for years now. Storing your data in the cloud allows you to access your files from anywhere you have an Internet connection, making it easier than ever before to share data, access information and keep your data safe from harm.
About the Author: Bob Wolff is an accountant-turned-Channel Manager at BQE who helps to offer consulting and software solutions for BQE customers. He likes to share his business expertise here on the blog whenever he can.