The Cloud, better known as Cloud Computing has become an increasingly popular term. Who hasn’t heard someone say “store it in the cloud” or some other similar expression? But do we really know what the cloud is, and why it’s in demand?
Definition for all audiences
“Cloud” is a term used to describe a worldwide network of servers. It uses a large network of remote servers around the world, which are connected to function as a single network.
Long story short, it is the massive processing and storage space for user data on servers connected to the internet. Cloud services can be free or paid, but in any case, their main function is to store your information over the internet.
Thus, these servers store and manage data, run applications or allow video streaming, emails, etc. So, instead of accessing your files on a local computer, you can access them online from any device connected to the internet. In other words, the information will always be available to you, wherever and whenever you want.
What is the Cloud for?
The cloud serves mainly as a way to give you instant access to all your data, wherever you are and through any mobile device (smartphone, computer, tablet). It’s optimized for users who use mobile devices to access data, making all of your documents easily accessible on the go.
The use of cloud is now global. It’s also very likely that you are already using cloud services on a daily basis, without even knowing. Many applications and services that you access and work from are processed in the cloud. For example, email uses cloud servers most of the time. This is the case with Gmail. Also, other services such as Dropbox online storage, social networking sites, and video streaming platforms such as Netflix.
Large companies such as Amazon, Google or Microsoft have focused their efforts in recent years on creating their own online services, using cloud technology itself, thus developing new “cloud” business tools.
The answer to what cloud technology is for is simple: to make life easier for everyone. Accessing the cloud is usually very simple. Enter a username and password and that’s it! You no longer need devices with huge memory storage space or external hard drives; everything stays in the cloud.
In addition to the cloud storage phenomenon, cloud telephony is now joining in on the fun.
Yes, it’s possible. Cloud telephony is also known as a type of IP telephony, operated through WebRTC technology. IP telephony provides high quality calls, with the flexibility of being able to call and receive calls wherever you go and whenever you would like to receive them.
Due to WebRTC technology, all telephony service will be operated through the internet. That way, every call will be made through the cloud.
Additionally, thanks to WebRTC technology, you will be able to choose the IP telephony service that best suits your needs. You may use international phone numbers, a virtual PBX phone system, or a call center software that can be customized to fit your business needs.
So, what are the advantages of using it?
Everything is located in one place. You can access all your information easily. You won’t have to install any software to be able to access your files. All you need is an internet connection. In addition, you no longer have to worry about saving files, since this task is performed automatically with cloud based systems.
Wherever you want, whenever you want. Your information and files will always be available to you. It doesn’t matter from which device you connect from, since you can access your files with any device. It can be a desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.
No costs, no installations. You won’t need to install anything on your device, but you will need internet access to access the cloud. Most of the services we use in the cloud are free, such as those mentioned above, and we can call them the “public cloud”. That is, servers that allow any user to register and use the applications that it offers.
Scalability. Through scalability, your storage space can increase based on the service you use. Because of this, the cloud is scalable since it does not have a limited storage space. This is very important for businesses, as they rely on constant growth and need to store more files.
And the cons?
Security? Privacy? It’s highly discussed. Your data and information go from being on your personal device, to being stored in the cloud. Data protection can be weakened if control is lost. We don’t know who will access our account over the internet, so it’s important to keep your login information safe to avoid being hacked.
Without the Internet, there is no cloud. All information will be stored on the internet, so the need for internet connectivity is crucial. Although reality is, everything seems to revolve around the internet. This means that in the future, the internet will improve and become more accessible over time.
Intellectual Property. When we upload files and information to the cloud, they will no longer be in our hands. There are often issues as to who owns these documents. Providers often cannot guarantee that the information uploaded to the cloud is 100% owned by the original uploader after it is uploaded.
At the end of the day, the cloud is a great tool that all companies may benefit from. When considering the benefits offered by an IP telephony system, the best solution is offered by Fonvirtual.
If you want to know more about IP Telephony and WebRTC technology, do not hesitate to contact us!