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What is Cloud Computing?


You probably use different cloud-based applications every day. Every time you send a file through the web, use a mobile app, download an image, binge a Netflix show, or play an online video game you are using cloud solutions. All these services are stored in the cloud and exist in some digital space.

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer's hard drive. PC Magazine notes that "Cloud computers are servers that can be configured to handle tiny or huge amounts of traffic and expand or contract as needed. [Cloud computing] replace in-house operations and is invaluable for companies, no matter their size or type of applications." Cloud computing enables you and the members of your company to have access to almost all of your data at anytime and almost anywhere. Cloud computing also offers a safe and secure way of storing and sharing data.

Think of the cloud as a big hard drive. When your data is stored in the cloud, it is accessible from anywhere and on any device. The data can be accessed in any format, including applications, documents, images, sound, and video files. The data is encrypted to ensure it is kept private and secure.

What are the Benefits of Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing has so many uses that it seems almost impossible to count them all. Cloud computing eliminates the headaches that come with storing your own data because you're not managing hardware and software. Cloud computing is also cost-effective. You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy. Additionally, Cloud computing apps can be up and running in days or weeks. Once the cloud is set up, you just open a browser, log in, customize the app, and start using it.

Cloud Computing offers many additional benefits:

Flexible and scalable — Cloud-based applications are infinitely customizable. It is easy to increase power, storage, and bandwidth as users' needs change.

Accessible from anywhere — Applications and data are not tied to a device. The cloud provides an easy way to hold all your necessary data. You no longer have to use an external hard drive or build an in-house data center. Your applications are accessible from anywhere, enabling real-time collaboration of remote teams.

Hassle-free updates — The software is continuously being improved to increase security, efficiency, speed, capability, and reliability.

Performance and speed— The cloud uses enterprise-grade technology, making it available to companies of all sizes. You can access high-performance hardware and software to improve your operations. Service is delivered on-demand through a global network of secure data centers that are constantly upgraded for maximum efficiency and performance.

Data Security Information is not vulnerable to a flood, fire, natural disaster, or hardware failure in one location. Additionally, the cloud offers encryption, deterrent, and compliance, options. Security protocols and infrastructure are constantly analyzed and updated to address new threats.

Cloud computing helps your business improve security by having access to software on the internet from anywhere and easily monitoring all your business activities without having to be in the same location.

Many companies are choosing cloud solutions because they offer cost savings, flexibility, mobility, greater security, and the ability to scale operations easily. If you need to work from home, the office, or a client's location, you can access everything you need with a cloud platform. 

Now That I Know What The Cloud Is, What Are My Cloud Solution Options?

There are many companies that offer cloud services. As a solutions provider, we at VersaTrust use Microsoft Azure because it is the leader in cloud solution services. Microsoft Azure is a single cloud platform that offers more than 200 products and services. Many companies are already fully integrated with Microsoft, and its offerings. Microsoft extends to all areas of your company and computer. Companies are using Word, Outlook, and other Microsoft tools on a daily basis; it just makes sense to use a cloud solution that easily integrates with all of those applications. Azure is connected to what companies are already using, It is extremely functional and able to easily integrate with all Microsoft applications. For these reasons, VersaTrust uses Azure cloud solutions and provides these solutions to our clients.

Azure is extremely flexible as a cloud-based solution – it can back up your data in almost any language, on nearly any platform, and from any location. If you're in a Windows virtual environment, Azure's built-in integration for additional backup will be a quick and painless solution. 

Working with VersaTrust- Create a Custom Azure Cloud Solution.

VersaTrust wants to help you find the most cost-effective and updated technology for your business. With the latest technology, you can rest assured that your data is both accessible and secure. Every company has an optimal path to the cloud that's best aligned with its objectives. We sit down with you to understand your unique cloud needs and the solutions you've already deployed. We help you identify areas of opportunity where azure cloud solutions boost ROI, increase flexibility, streamline communication and enhance efficiency. Then, we design and configure the azure cloud solution to ensure you can access your applications and data anywhere, anytime you need them. Based on your needs, your scale, and possibilities for azure cloud integration, we recommend a cloud strategy that's closely aligned with your overall business objectives. Contact us today to learn how you can benefit from a custom azure cloud solution.

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