|Cloud changes the way we buy computers|
Clouds are a marvelously complex thing. We’re not talking about the fluffy white ones in the sky, we mean clouds of the tech variety. They are quickly becoming an integral part of business operations and will change the way we all conduct business. Coincidentally, as the cloud picks up steam, we will need to upgrade our computers to keep up with the changes, but the next upgrade may be a bit different from the last.
Computers have gone from widely singular machines to being networked together and able to share information between other users quickly and easily. The latest evolution of this network is the cloud. While the cloud is still in it’s early stages, it’s advancing at such a fast pace that we could soon be operating largely in the cloud. In fact, there are a number of services that when combined allow businesses to operate almost entirely in the cloud.
Here’s a simple example of how a company can operate almost exclusively in the cloud. Company XYZ uses Google Drive and Gmail for storage, document production and email (Microsoft Office 365 and SkyDrive is another option); Amazon Web Services for cloud server hosting; and VoIP for phone and fax systems. Couple this with a solid Internet connection and almost every major business function of Company XYZ can operate in the cloud.
While Company XYZ operates almost exclusively in the cloud, many modern businesses still rely on older, ground based systems. If current trends hold true, they will be integrating more cloud solutions in the near future. Because the cloud moves a large part of business and ‘computing’ off the computer on your desk, the way you select your next computer has also changed.
Traditional computer shopping focuses on four things: hard drive space and memory; program availability and integration; hardware specs; and price. Companies running cloud solutions still have to look into these four areas, but in a different way:
Hard drive and memory
Aside from that, RAM is important to the computer as it allows computers to run. The more of it you have, the faster a computer will be at running programs, and the more it will be able to do at the same time. Rather than space, companies will pick a hard drive and RAM combination that focuses on operating speed. This will likely be done through heavy use of Solid State Drives that are lower in storage capacity – for now -, but are a lot quicker.
The cloud is set to change the way we conduct business and even the way businesses choose computers. If you’re looking for new computers or would like to move into the cloud, please contact us.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
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