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What can the Cloud Do for You?

Having more accessible data that’s secure and reliable shouldn’t come at a high cost in today’s world. Thanks to technology, we’ve curated working environments that are speed, productivity, and efficiency-oriented and workers need the best tools out there in order to keep up. That’s why the cloud is so widely used and loved by office workers around the globe.

It’s often joked that no one actually knows what the cloud is so let me break it down for you—it’s  basically just a place on the internet where data is stored and can be accessed from anywhere. This gets rid of the issue of computers crashing, files getting lost, et cetera. It’s all in one place and at your fingertips.

Let’s take a closer look at what the cloud can do for you.

The Cloud can Host Apps!
Many offices rely on apps for everything from hosted e-mail and instant messaging to sharing slideshow presentations and conference calling. It can even host all your Microsoft® Office® apps; your business apps, such as Adobe® Photoshop®, SAP®, Sage®, Quickbooks®; and lastly, if your business has developed its own apps, the cloud can host them too! The challenge for businesses is that apps can take up a lot of hard drive space. When you host your applications through the cloud, however, you’re given a virtual desktop that can be accessed from anywhere that houses all your apps. This keeps your computer from running out of space or getting bogged down, while still being incredibly convenient and much more cost-effective.

Speaking of Virtual Desktops…
The cloud offers hosted virtual desktops, which vastly improve the possibilities of workplace mobility. Employees can access e-mails, data, files, and apps – including an app for their phones – from anywhere.

Access Microsoft® Exchange through the Cloud
Microsoft Exchange is an app that many offices find to be very useful because it stores contacts, calendars, tasks, public folders, and more, while primarily functioning as an e-mail platform. Accessing this through the cloud means you can work from essentially anywhere, whether you’re at work, at home, or on-the-go. You can read your e-mails and schedule appointments by looking at calendars, all the while knowing that your email data is backed-up and secure. Plus, it grows with your company.

The Cloud offers Virtual Servers
When you go through a company like Broadview Networks, you can essentially borrow some of their server space through the cloud. Perhaps you’ve got a small business and don’t need a full server – virtual servers are much more practical and easy to manage. They can store all your data without the hassle – because the provider offers its own tech support. If your company grows, you can just purchase more server space!

Make Use of SharePoint® from Anywhere
Hosted SharePoint, a private website that allows easy, secure file exchange, makes organization a breeze. Collaborate on projects, schedule meetings, review files and add comments, and even assign tasks to your coworkers from any internet-connected and compatible device. Your team will be more organized and in-the-loop than ever!

Never Lose Data Again!
One of the main reasons so many people love the cloud is because it lowers the risk of lost data. Even in a disaster, your data won’t be lost because it’s backed up to SSAE-16 Type II data centers in the cloud. Data Backup and Recovery is quick and comprehensive – you can backup entire workstations for safe retrieval so that your business can carry on no matter what happens. This is especially helpful for financial, legal and healthcare organizations that must back up their data to meet regulatory compliance standards.

Since the cloud consolidates all your business’s most necessary functions, it also reduces overhead costs by a vast margin. So, the question really is…what can’t the cloud do for you!

Russ Fordyce

About Russ Fordyce

Russ is the Managing Director of Marketing at Broadview Networks where he works to help consultants and business owners better understand and put technology to use so they can transform how their employees get work done and improve results.

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