More Corporate Giants are Following the Cloud

Posted on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:39 AM by Carlos Lahrssen

You probably already use the cloud every day.

You have probably heard of cloud computing even if you're not sure what it is. It's simple, really. "The Cloud" is a collection of physical, interconnected servers accessed by users through a network. Rather than having servers on-site, companies can now basically "outsource" their servers, and this is profoundly changing how businesses large and small operate.

Though its name may create an image of a magical network in the sky, the cloud is actually made up of data centers on the ground, in multiple locations worldwide. Most data centers today are in the US and Europe, with Asia and Australia growing in importance as data center sites.

Chances are, you use the cloud every day. If you use Netflix, or Google's Gmail, then you use the cloud. Enterprise is rapidly turning toward the cloud for many of its operations as well.

Companies of All Sizes Are Embracing the Cloud

Name something companies do using on-site servers, and there's probably a cloud version of that process as well. Companies use the cloud for things like payroll software, data processing, and even creative processes like graphic design. It simply means the hardware carrying out the processes is located elsewhere, and that businesses don't have to deal with the maintenance and upkeep of on-site servers. Economies of scale allow cloud applications to be affordable to businesses of all sizes, helping smaller businesses compete with bigger players.

What the Cloud Offers Small Businesses

The cloud offers small businesses an affordable way to carry out their work without having servers on the premises, and without having to employ hardware specialists to make sure they run properly. When a small business uses cloud software, they only pay for the "seats" they need. So if you have four graphic designers, you could, for example, purchase four subscriptions to a cloud graphic design system (like Adobe Creative Cloud) rather than purchasing workstations and loading the software onto them on your premises. 

The cloud also offers small businesses the opportunity to have a business telecommunications system rivaling that of huge enterprises. With a cloud-based phone system, your 10-person business can afford features like teleconferencing and auto-attendant, with the only hardware investment being the phones themselves (and some cloud phone providers include these in the monthly subscription cost). A cloud phone system can integrate with employee mobile devices, so your workforce isn't chained to a desk, yet calls and messages still get through.

Next step: Contact Nexogy and learn how the cloud can revolutionize your business communications.

Cloud Phone Systems: Myth vs. Reality

Cloud phone systems can automatically reroute calls to mobile devices in the event of a broadband outage.If you're unfamiliar with the cloud, you may think a cloud phone system would be complicated to install. However, if you know how to check your email, you can set up your business's cloud phone service through a user-friendly web portal. And though many businesses want to wait until an existing phone system stops working to make the switch, most businesses that switch to a cloud phone system regret not doing so sooner. Costs are lower, systems are flexible and easily scalable, and productivity improves.

You may wonder, "What happens if my internet connection is down? Will my phones work?" Today's cloud business phone systems are not dependent on a single point of failure. If the internet connection malfunctions, the system continues to answer calls, and your voicemail and auto-attendant still work, because it's all taken care of in the cloud. And top cloud phone system providers offer systems that automatically reroute calls (to your mobile phones, for example) if the connection is down. Most callers will never know there's a problem.

Call quality with today's cloud-based phone systems is equal to or better than that of landline calls, so you don't have to worry about annoying "lag" or corrupted voice signals. With all the advantages cloud phone systems offer, it's clear why businesses of every size are turning to this cloud-based solution to their telecommunications needs.

Why "Cloud Cover" Isn't Diminishing

The cloud is simply a better solution to many business needs, cutting costs while improving productivity. Big cloud providers Amazon, Cisco, and Google, allow cloud-based software developers to offer their software at affordable rates on the right scale for large or small businesses. Cloud phone systems are one of the most important cloud applications in business today, and are well worth exploring as the solution to your business communication needs.

Nexogy provides customized cloud-hosted business phone systems to businesses of every size, allowing even the smallest start-up to have the enterprise features they need to compete effectively in today's fast-paced business environment.

Next step: Contact Nexogy and learn how the cloud can revolutionize your business communications.

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Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen
Carlos Lahrssen is president and CEO of nexogy, as well as founder, president and CEO of LD Telecommunications, Inc., nexogy’s parent company. Lahrssen is an industry fan, follower and advocate — stay...read more