|By David Malmborg||
|September 29, 2012 03:00 PM EDT||
More than ever before, we are seeing cloud-based software and storage slowly becoming the benchmark. It simply cannot be ignored any longer; the concept is here to stay. Companies and certain growing industries that want to expand while also staying safe are turning to cloud computing for convenient services and reliability. Modern businesses need dependable and secure options for storing their information and providing web-based applications. So it's no surprise that in direct relation to this need, we are seeing a trend emerge; throughout all facets of industry, the benefits of the cloud are being embraced and companies are continually looking for ways to save money, streamline processes, and create a better experience for their consumers.
Industries Utilizing Cloud Storage
Class time is new and different in so many ways. Every day more colleges and universities are upgrading their technology and investing in cloud storage. Gone are the days where professors and teachers alike hand out paper copy of the syllabi and course notes on the first day of class. Now an entire course can be uploaded and accessed in its entirety through the cloud. Not to mention, the material is in some ways considered safer with cloud servers than tucked away in a backpack. Many students can already access lectures and research material from any location without having to carry around enormous textbooks.
It took some time and deep thought due to sensitivities with regards to data and information, but even hospitals are now using cloud storage. So far it's been considered a step in the right direction. The benefits that doctors, patients, and hospital staff experience in terms of time, accessibility and improved communication are irrefutable. There is better efficiency and less need for costly clerical programs. With constant improvements to record keeping, Electronic Medical Records, patient privacy, and billing issues, it's no surprise that more cloud systems are being implemented every day.
Lawyers are now practicing law while utilizing the benefits of the cloud. Throughout all focuses of law more people are using an array of apps, like OneNote and other cloud-based programs, to increase business volume, complete tasks, and follow up on client cases to help streamline business productivity. Moreover, the security benefits with regards to sensitive data will always be seen as a benefit in this industry.
The amount of work filtering through the finance department of any company can at times be overloaded. With a cloud server everything is in its place. City and state agencies are moving to the cloud because of better safety features, and the ability to adjust and share figures and files.
There are small businesses that have taken the cloud to new heights. They use it because it's a less expensive option and it gets their information and systems up and working in a timely manner as well as saves them money in the long run when looking at the necessary IT. There is no need for huge teams to monitor servers where in turn, costs go down due to less confusion with hardware systems.
The Future of Cloud Storage
Cloud storage is the future of file and data collection. Imagine what it would be like carrying around all of our important documents, notes, pictures, and spreadsheets in order to access them right when we want or need them. Whether a hardcopy or saved locally on a laptop or other device, there is always a risk of losing important information due to damage, theft or simple negligence.
While assisting businesses by improving their productivity as well as their customer relations the cloud ‘virtually' becomes the perfect space to store everything.
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