What Does ‘Cloud-Based’ Actually Mean?

Posted on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 @ 09:00 AM by Carlos Lahrssen

Cloud-BasedEverything is transitioning to what’s been deemed a “cloud-based” interface or system, but what does it really mean? Basically, it comes down to applications that live and breathe on the Internet rather than a computer. The days of losing your data from a computer crash are over: according to a study from Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast, cloud computing is expected to get a 42% increase in spending this year alone.

Think of the “cloud” as an interchangeable word for Internet in the words of Humboldt State University. As we dive deeper, we will further elaborate on what the cloud means for the future of business and its benefits.

The Benefits of a Cloud-Based System

With the emergence of mobile phones into our daily business practices, the more traditional model of information stored directly on a computer is quickly becoming obsolete. In order to mitigate the problem of needing information on-the-go, this necessitated a cloud-based system.

Some of the benefits with a cloud-based system include:

  • It is not dependent on information that’s stored on your computer

  • Data can be remotely accessed anywhere that you have an Internet connection

  • Relocating is never an issue

  • No hardware required

  • Flexible with your budget since you don’t have to purchased specialized phones or software (in the case of a phone system)

  • There is “downtime-free maintenance and constant improvement” with instant updates from the Internet rather than waiting on physical software/extension/phone upgrades

The list goes on and on. As long as you have Internet, the cloud-based possibilities for your business are endless. That said, we will review some of the opened doors for businesses with the advent of this cloud-based system for phones and devices.

What the Cloud Means for Business

Simply put, the cloud means everything for business: it is changing the way we interact, store and share information. It is allowing small businesses to scale effectively and affordably. While not everyone can instantly transition to 100% cloud-based systems, many hybrid-based systems are becoming more and more popular and IT decision-makers are turning their heads to the cloud as sound investments.

The ability for an employee to access company information through their smartphone, tablet or laptop has transformed the way businesses are run to include remote work. Emails can be checked while in line to get coffee, and documents can be viewed and approved, etc.

Keep in mind you need to be adept at “what components are actually hosted in the cloud,” according to an article from NetworkWorld, as it can be misleading upon first glance.

The Takeaway

Depending on your industry, the cloud has revolutionized the ability to do work and accomplish tasks remotely. Your location no longer hinges upon your ability to do work: even with a phone system, if you relocate offices, as long as you establish an Internet connection, you are up and running instantly. If you haven’t looked into the cloud, you are behind the curve.

To learn more about the cloud and how you can utilize hosted VoIP for your phone system, reach out to a qualified VoIP provider for more information and details. The marriage of the cloud and phone systems has created a recipe for high-quality calls that work as hard as you do.

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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