While other countries have dramatically reduced the spread of COVID-19 in their respective territories, the United States has yet to do the same. And as disagreements about reopening schools for in-person classes have flared up between federal and state governments, some businesses continue to implement remote work policies to help their staff avoid the contagion. [...]
The conveniences that cloud computing brings to businesses make it the tech du jour of many industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, construction, and education. And as COVID-19 forces people to practice social distancing, the cloud is instrumental in letting employees work remotely.
However, cloud computing is not without its challenges. Thanks to governments becoming more protective of their citizens’ privacy and security, cloud security compliance has become one of the biggest challenges that organizations face. [...]
The cloud lets firms leverage the IT resources of a service provider to achieve their IT-related goals. For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular, outsourcing data storage and access tasks allows them to focus on their business proposition. This means that, among other things, they can forgo allocating capital to acquire IT infrastructure. They can also skip spending on hiring, training, and retaining in-house IT specialists. [...]
When it comes to business data storage and access, we’re always told to never put all of our eggs in one basket. That is, instead of only having one copy of your entire data set in one location, you’ll want to have backups stored in different locations. However, people fail to mention that baskets beyond the first also cost money. [...]
Edge computing. No, it’s not something that Lady Gaga sang about (that’s “The Edge of Glory”) or a Tom Cruise sci-fi movie (that’s Edge of Tomorrow). Rather, it’s a technological innovation that may just be what businesses like yours would need to take full advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud. [...]
Growing your business often means increasing your capacity to market to more people, produce more products, deliver more services, and manage the burgeoning business processes that go with all of those things. IT is a great tool for scaling up, and cloud computing makes IT much more affordable than it has ever been before. [...]