There’s a cloud winning awards in London and we went along to a special meeting in the city to find out more about the company involved.
Cloudy - but not overcast!
In the not too-distant past, the word ‘cloud’ would normally be associated with those white, fluffy looking things in the sky, but these days they’re also linked with the internet. Our recent client uses this kind of system to provide e-Learning materials, and is so good at doing so, they’ve won several awards.
Servers you can’t see
Basically a ‘cloud’ in technology terms refers to locations where data can be saved. Many of us store data on our own hard drives and memory sticks. The cloud can be described as remote servers that hold all this information, and we access it with an internet connection. We might already do this daily without even being that aware of it, such as when we access emails or content via Flickr, Google Drive, Dropbox, and many other accounts like this.
Chairs for cloudy events
Looking at it this way, cloud computing is already really popular, despite the fact that many of us might not know much about it. After dropping off 50 of our white folding fan back chairs to a meeting run by our recent client, we got inspired about cloud computing, and here’s some ways in which it could benefit your company…
1. It never rains - and it never pours
Because we work in the furniture hire industry, we’ve hired out our products to many different locations and companies. Some of our customers get in touch with us when drastic events happen, like fires and floods on their premises destroying their current office furniture. Along with furnishings, PCs and computers are also at risk of being damaged and data lost. In addition, workers can simply lose files. With cloud computing all your info is safe, as it’s kept in remote servers that are usually far away from your destination. The worst that can probably happen is you forget your password.
2. When you need bigger and bigger
Our internet server providers (ISP) do exactly that - give us the means to access the internet. Each one tends to offer slightly different packages, making it really important you choose one that offers all the services your business requires. As cloud computing develops, ISPs can offer you much more. By opting for a provider that connects you to cloud storage and backup services, then you’re likely to have more storage space. Quite often data placed in the cloud can be increased and decreased quickly, so when you need lots of extra storage room quickly, this should not be an issue.
3. Work together
Another fantastic positive to using the cloud is that you can work on saved documents in any location where you’re able to access the internet. In addition, depending on the type of programme you’re using, such as Google Drive, you and your colleagues can work on the same files at the same time - wherever you’re located. This means you’re able to approach these kinds of tasks collaboratively even when you and your colleagues are based in different offices. Once you’re finished, simply save changes and the files will remain safely in the cloud!