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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is the practice of storing data and applications through the internet as opposed to using your computer’s hard drive. It works differently than virtualized desktops through a network in that it does not need a network attached storage (NAS) device on premise.

Using cloud computing offers businesses many profitable benefits, such as:

  • Flexibility: Bandwidth demands generally fluctuate greatly. As businesses grow and add more people to the workforce, or add space to the workplace, the need for greater bandwidth grows. Cloud computing provides flexible, scalable bandwidth for your company. If the market slows, bandwidth needs may be reduced. Using the cloud provides the ability to add to or reduce bandwidth quickly and easily.
  • 24/7/365 Availability: Cloud computing offers an always-on feature, allowing your employees to use the service at any time.
  • Mobility: Because software and data are accessed through the cloud, it can be accessed from any place as long as you have an internet connection. Employees can access the services whether they are working in the field, or visiting clients at their own places of business.
  • Cost efficiency: Companies can use cloud services without having to purchase additional equipment, nor do they have to install new hardware to utilize cloud computing services. There is no need to expand facilities to house extra servers, which also reduces costs for real estate, and utilities to power them.

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Cloud computing also offers security benefits, such as:

  • Disaster Recovery: Using the cloud for disaster recovery is a viable option and offers disaster recovery services. For a small business, this is much less expensive than the larger up-front costs of a data center or adding hardware for local backup.
  • Updating software: Applications accessed through the cloud are automatically updated. This saves time and cost for additional IT staff to individually update software on each work station or computer throughout the entire company. Additionally, updates happen as soon as they are released, ensuring you are using the most up-to-date version available. This enables your employees to use any new features or functionality immediately, thereby increasing productivity.
  • Document control: Cloud computing allows for greater collaboration on documentation while keeping it tightly controlled. Traditional methods of emailing documents back and forth to different people left holes in the control of the documents. It is very difficult to ensure all changes are included in the document and even more difficult to ensure you are working with the most updated version of the document. In the cloud, all files are centrally stored and you are assured you are working with the most recent version of the document.
  • Tighter security: Data and applications are stored in the cloud, therefore, if a piece of equipment (such as a laptop) is lost or damaged, there is no need to worry about data falling into the wrong hands and being used. Also, there is no additional cost to buy more software licenses to install on new systems.
  • Environmental impact lessened: The reduced need for extra facilities and equipment also helps the environment by reducing your company’s footprint.

JKS offers cloud computing services to assist your company and help you focus on your primary business.