Thanks to its worldwide adoption within a few short years, cloud computing has succeeded in its role as the next-level of IT Enterprise architecture. But with every cloud storage service offering free storage packages, most of us already have multiple storage accounts. And one of the biggest advantages of the cloud has always been its convenience, when it comes to storing and accessing data. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which the cloud is changing the way we transmit and sync our data:
1. Signing & Verifying Documents
Making legally binding documents and getting them signed in the traditional method of printing and notarising them takes anything from, a few hours to an entire day. But the cloud now allows you to get signed documents that are legally binding, within seconds. Via secure electronic signatures and approvals. Most business cloud services offer the bundled service of document signing and delivery with a server-specified syncing service. There are number of services that allow you to sign and validate official documents, both free and paid. Electronic signatures and validations also allow user to digitize their business, reducing their overall carbon footprint.
2. Online Applications (SaaS)
Earlier, users could only work on certain platforms if they were downloaded and installed on specific systems. But thanks to the cloud, users can now access any application they need online, without the need to download any software on to a PC. The best part about cloud-based software is that users can access the platform from anywhere, provided they have the valid login credentials. Online applications also automatically backup your work every 30-45 minutes, so that you have backups to go back to in case something goes wrong.
If you’re wondering if there’s something you can do to upgrade your old fax technology, this is it. eFax allows users to outsource the operation and troubleshooting of an aging fax infrastructure, on to a virtual cloud fax service. The future of cloud data transmission allows you to integrate your telephone and fax services to the cloud, combining to form a network of telecommunication that keeps you connected to everything and everyone, at all times. And as more people switch to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to conduct business, the telecommunications is gearing for virtualization of its services. The technology is nothing new, but will allow users to use multiple platforms to make & receive phone calls or faxes via the internet.
4. Remote File Access
Although quite obvious, it is important to how the cloud has changed the face of remote accessibility, giving users access to secured files at any time, and from any device. The cloud not only allows you to transfer files between separate accounts, but it also allows users to simply view and archive what is in their accounts. An added benefit of cloud storage is that there is no need to remember multiple passwords, since everything is accessible via a single login id.
Unlike the other cool technology that is still in the conceptual stage, the cloud allows users to migrate their files between platforms, with the intention of giving them the freedom to access remote files from anywhere, and at any time.
As bandwidth and speeds increase and cloud security improves, the cloud will continue to change the IT landscape. But, there is still a lot more one can with the cloud and, in order to streamline operations and profitability. The impact of the cloud on data storage, transmission and syncing, will only increase over time, but the decision to move to it or remain grounded is up to you.