Cloud Computing Solutions for Small Businesses

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cloud-computing3Guest post by Kevin Villaneuva

Cloud computing solutions, like file sharing, cloud storage or even organizational tools made for full management solutions have become so popular that many small businesses are finding that they can benefit from hopping on the cloud. In a recent infographic by MarketResearchMedia.com, they charted the steady growth of cloud computing, in all of its forms, and are projecting that this tech solution will grow by 30 percent, making the cloud a more accessible and available tool that can help small business owners better manage their finances, employees, interactions with vendors and more.

Three Standard Packages

Chris Harding of The Guardian, recently gave a more in-depth report on the types of cloud computing platforms that are most popular among SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and how each one of these cloud solutions can help various industries best. I appreciated that he remained unbiased in assessing cloud computing as a whole and refrained from expressing his opinion on what he thought was the best cloud solution.

There are three standard types of cloud management programs available for SMEs to use. Research what the best cloud provider pricing and packages are right for your company and business needs.

Infrastructure Based

Also known as IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service, this level functions by providing virtual hardware, such as computers and processors, storage software programs that can be accessed from any computer that is connected to the Internet, regardless of whether it is based in a corporate office or if the computer is a personal one at a cafe. This type of cloud storage solution would work best at a company that has a staff working remotely, full time or part time. Many SMEs today can save money through not having a physical office location. This type of cloud solution is perfect for a company that functions mostly, or entirely, as a virtual company. One great example of an IaaS is Amazon Web Services.

Platform Based

This next type of cloud solution, Platform as a Service, allows small business owners to structure their own software and platform to fit the company’s needs, size and requirements. Most PaaS solutions involve a server, database, operating system and onsite programming environment. This system is appropriate for an in-house solution that can allow users to access information from other computers as well. You tailor the program to meet the needs of your team. Salesforce is an example of this type of solution.

Software Based

This last cloud solution is the most widely used among all enterprises, Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software that is already formatted to fit the needs of the company that uses it. This solution is ready to use remotely or onsite and a company will not need to worry about experiencing downtime while installing or upgrading this type of software. IBM offers a great cloud computing solution that is SaaS based.

Using a cloud computing solution can help you in improving your company’s organization, aid employees in sharing information and will make company information easier to access, but that can only happen if you get the ball rolling. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the cloud!

Author Biog: Kevin Villanueva is a financial consultant and advocate for cloud computing solutions, Kevin is always looking for intelligent ways to simplify his clients’ daily business operations.

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