We get it. “Cloud computing” just sounds like something you’d do in a technology company, or some multinational, highfalutin corporation. It certainly is popular amongst that crowd; according to some research, about 95% of all companies, from startups to global firms, are using cloud computing in some way or another.
While it works well for them, it’s certainly not a solution that only works for them. Anyone who values efficiency, flexibility and security while managing all their digital assets should seriously consider moving to the cloud for their day-to-day laptopping. Beyond syncing iPads, sharing Spotify playlists and uploading photos to Dropbox, here are five reasons why the average consumer should consider moving to cloud computing.
Do Everything from Anywhere
Since 2005, the number of people who work from home has increased 103%, with now more than 50 million freelancers in the US and over 80% of the population hoping to telework at least partially. That’s just work stuff though; thanks to constant connectivity, endless access to alternatives, and relatively cheap travel choices, few of us stay in one place for very long.
One of the biggest perks of having all your stuff on a cloud computer is that no matter where you are, or what device you’re using, you’ve got access. Don’t worry if you forget to bring along any particular hardware; with cloud computing, essentially any device is your device.
Out With The Upgrades
Whether you need to upgrade your entire OS, your storage capacity, your processing power or even your security standards, the less work the better. Despite what your less technically inclined friends may think when they pester you for help, you probably do not want to be an IT professional in your spare time. Get upgrades off your hands and into the cloud.
With a cloud computer, you just need the occasional click (and often not even that). With just about zero effort, you always have the latest technology under the hood; no trips to a store, no annoying downloads and installations, no playing catch-up, no headaches.
All In One Place…That Won’t Break or Get Stolen
As much as we all love our gadgets, gizmos and hyper-focused apps, a major pain point of our current bespoke model is that so many of our digital things end up in so many different places. Often, a lot of those places can be broken, stolen or left behind when your hectic schedule needs them most.
Cloud computing offers you the comfort and convenience of having all your stuff – from documents and licensed applications, to music and movies, and all the way to conversation channels like Slack and Skype – in one centralized place that never moves no matter where you go. For the security-conscious, what that centralization also allows you to do is remotely delete any sensitive information from anywhere you are in the event that access to your assets has been compromised.
Always Get The Best Security & System Management Services
Some research shows that about 98% of web applications are vulnerable to attack, as are about 99% of all computers. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Wouldn’t it be great if someone else was worrying about that for you? And wouldn’t it be great if that someone was a specialist in worrying about that kind of stuff? Well, that’s pretty much cloud computing, assuming you choose the right kind of provider.
With the right personal cloud computing platform, your entire digital estate is being managed, protected and maintained by knowledgeable and dedicated professionals. Cloud hosts make a living safely preserving systems so that you can spend your time actually using them.
It’s Better for the Environment
Ideally, we could all make a much smaller footprint on our environment without having to walk on eggshells. Shifting to cloud computing helps you help the environment in a number of ways. First, the long-term impacts of variable usage patterns have the opportunity to be much lower; because a number of people’s systems and processes are managed on a single centralized platform, changing needs and varying levels of usage can be supported and sustained much more efficiently and with much better scalability.
Also, with cloud computing, your own personal long-term path of upgrades can make less of a mark on the planet; with more reliance on the cloud for space, processing and progress, your personal hardware becomes much less relevant, requiring fewer computer substitutions and a lighter load on the world of electronics waste.
When you hear the term, “cloud computing”, don’t be fooled or intimidated; it ain’t just for businesses and it ain’t that expensive. Providers like Globaldyne can get you started on a killer cloud computer for as little as $12.75/month. If you’re the average mobile consumer who values time, embraces efficiency and respects our leading lady, Mother Earth, cloud computing is something you should probably consider for your entire digital portfolio.
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