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Clouds used to get a bad rap.

What is cloud computingThey were blamed for bringing snow and rain, or blocking the sun at the beach.

Their reputation changed when the term “cloud computing” became popular among businesses. Now, clouds are admired, they’re getting invited to Hollywood premieres and their social media accounts are blowing up.

In all seriousness, cloud computing has jumped to the forefront of the technology sector, and businesses of every size are faced with the decision to take advantage of cloud computing.

But what is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is basically defined as computing resources that are delivered to a user over a network. We’ve all been using cloud computing since the first IT company installed a network and then someone crashed it playing YouTube videos when they were supposed to be working.

Even if you’re not aware of the term, you’re using “the cloud” whenever you access online email services like Gmail or Hotmail.

The cloud’s accessibility and convenience is on display whenever you use web-based email, such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. Just connect to the internet, log in to your mail service, and enjoy the benefits of the cloud!

Do you backup or store files to services such as Carbonite, Mozy or iCloud? Again, you’re in the cloud, using it every day.

So what’s special about cloud computing?

First off, it’s convenient – you can access the cloud with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. As long as there’s a cell phone or Wi-Fi signal, you’re good to go.

These networks were created with simplicity in mind because the creators knew that access was crucial, and moving files had to be easy.

Finally, these services are backed up by servers that are maintained by experts. You don’t have to worry about upgrading a system, or keeping those machines cool and comfortable.

Cloud computing has come a long way in a short time, and as this technology continues to improve these disadvantages will be lessened.

Contact Thinline today for more information and to get your business on the right path to the cloud!

Thinline Technologies is a full service IT company based in Towson, Maryland and serving the greater Baltimore metro area.

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