Monday, December 7th, 2015

Demystifying and Explaining the Cloud

The cloud—it’s not as intangible as it sounds. At Access Technologies, we find that people are often confused about just what the cloud is, and some are hesitant to use it because its name brings to mind actual clouds, which are transient, temporary, and disappear in the afternoon breeze. In reality, any data you store in the cloud are kept in very real, very tangible servers on the internet, machines as real as the laptop or desktop you’ve become accustomed to in your home or office.

The difference is that instead of data taking up space on your computer, and possibly a growing number of external hard drives, your data get stored at a secure, remote location you can access from any device. This greatly reduces the amount of hardware you need to maintain and upgrade year after year, and ensures that your essential personal and business information remains safe and accessible in the event that your home or office experiences some sort of calamity, such as fire, flood, or theft.

It may help to think about it in terms of banking. You likely don’t keep all your money at home, but in the bank. Yet, you can access your money anytime from an ATM, in stores, or online via a credit or debit card. With the cloud, your data (dollars) are stored in online servers (bank), which you can access anytime from a computer (ATM), tablet (in-store), or smartphone (online).

There are many exciting advantages and opportunities with our cloud services. Don’t let them drift on by.

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