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A lot of buzz has been going around relating to 'cloud' computing and 'cloud' storage/access.
Let's simplify these two hot button issues. Cloud computing simply means that a user is signing or logging in to a computer or phone that has an alternate geographical location other than the one you are sitting at. Proprietary apps are installed on the cloud computer for use at any time from any location as long as the user has internet access. The cloud computer could be next door or a thousand miles away. The user would pay a fee to access the cloud computer and the software installed. An example would be QuickBooks. A user would create/transfer a company accounting file to an existing cloud computer and the user would have access to QuickBooks from anywhere an internet connection existed. This whole process would release the user from having the software on their own computer, preventing loss of critical data. That's how you see people working from Starbuck's, they don't need a physical presence. If you are not Gordon Gekko, and you do not have an office, more often than not, you would create your own cloud computer. ComTech can configure a computer to be a cloud computer, complete with offsite access for multiple users all having their own logons and without complicated server software.
On to cloud storage/access. This term means a user has the ability to access data at an alternate geographical location other than the computer or phone in use. The user may create folders and copy, paste, or delete files. An internet/smart phone connection is required. Again, if you or your company have physical presence, then for cost reasons, your own cloud storage device is the right way to go. Today, the devices have evolved to accommodate multiple users without any substantial performance loss. Simple interface access allows users of any level to understand the login process. Once you are in, the interface looks like folders on any computer. Security is simple, if you don't have a user name and password, you can't see the data, period.
A 'cloud' or off-site device can be used for backing up your data. This allows you access from anywhere and the ability to quickly retrieve data in case of a loss. ComTech can install software to backup your data with every change you make (incremental) or on a daily/weekly schedule. Creating your own cloud backup saves you time and money in the event of a loss.