What are the types of cloud services?

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Trying to master the cloud can feel like taming a wild mustang. You know there’s power and functionality, but realizing that potential will be a massive undertaking. If you need guidance on the cloud and how to use it, read on. 

What is the cloud? 

The cloud is just servers that can be accessed via the internet. Cloud computing is the ability to instantly access services traditionally found on the physical computer, like data storage or computations, without active directions from a user. 

The cloud simplifies tasks that take significant physical space or computer processing power, making things like photo storage, e-commerce transactions, and even social media notifications easier to compute. When things exist in the “cloud,” they take up small amounts of space across multiple servers worldwide. They can generally be accessed from anywhere, which can come in handy. Cloud storage saves space on your physical servers or eliminates the need for them entirely, saving you money. 

How do I harness it? 

Many cloud providers cater to a wide range of consumers. Over three billion people use Google Workspace, including their word processor and spreadsheet products, for real-time collaboration and communication every day. These services are also based out of the cloud but are easy for beginners to use.

Many of our clients need a mix of security and usability, so we recommend Microsoft 365. You have the safety of a professional product for your business while maintaining usability with the products people are used to. 

Cloud service options 

We typically see three types of cloud services. Knowing which kind you are currently using and what functionality you’d like to have is crucial to determining what services are right for you in the long term. 

Files only in the cloud

Services that host just your files in the cloud include things like Datto or Dropbox. These are ideal for sharing files amongst your team. These cloud services can be beneficial if you have remote or hybrid teams because everyone can easily access updated versions of documents without a significant security risk. 

Programs in the cloud 

Programs or apps that are accessed locally and hosted in the cloud include things like Slack or Zoom. These services use some of your computer memory and rely on cloud-based computing to execute essential functions. The programs offer ease of use and take the strain off your processors, which is great for people whose PC often does the heavy lifting. 

Desktop in the cloud 

Services like Microsoft Azure or Shells create secure and powerful virtual “desktops” that can easily be accessed. This means you can have the desktop set up in one of the platforms and log into it from any device with internet anywhere on the planet. These options can be helpful if your device breaks in the middle of a big project or if you need to work from multiple locations. 

If these sorting through programs and their features doesn’t sound like a great use of your time, you wouldn’t be alone. Many of our clients come to TeamLogic IT as a trusted advisor to help sort through the junk to find the perfect solution for them. If you want to spend more time serving your customers, contact TeamLogic IT today. 

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