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Cloud Computing, Virtual Offices, and more. Business processes are being virtualized, servers are now on virtual farms where a single machine hosts multiple instances of an operating system working autonomously. Virtual server farms are redundantly located in physically distributed areas so as to minimize infrastructure and natural disaster impact. Business data is 'mirrored' on multiple hardware storage devices; often in different locations on the Planet. What does all this mean for the cost of doing business? It is getting cheaper and cheaper to utilize a wide range of hardware, software and personnel resources in a more flexible manner.

Support infrastructure no longer is contained in a single data center. Parts and pieces of the business infrastructure exist on corporate machines, distributed offices, executive laptops, notepads, and cell phones. Data is held on server farms, hosting companies hardware, on USB Thumb Drives and again laptops and cell phones. Many cell phones have gigabytes of storage capacity and cameras/microphones and data access ports to record to it. The 'Cloud' is the next step in visualization of the traditional office environment.

Just what is Cloud Computing? The Tech Terms Computer Dictionary, defines Cloud Computing thus:

Cloud computing refers to applications and services offered over the Internet. These services are offered from data centers all over the world, which collectively are referred to as the "cloud." This metaphor represents the intangible, yet universal nature of the Internet.

The idea of the "cloud" simplifies the many network connections and computer systems involved in online services. In fact, many network diagrams use the image of a cloud to represent the Internet. This symbolizes the Internet's broad reach, while simplifying its complexity. Any user with an Internet connection can access the cloud and the services it provides. Since these services are often connected, users can share information between multiple systems and with other users.

Moving business processes and services to 'The Cloud' enables flexible responses to rapidly changing business-to-business environments. No longer constrained by brick & mortar structures, the company now operating in 'The Cloud' can flex and react to changing business demands. Requirements for increased computational power? Just expand the virtual server farm. Hardware maintenance that used to be critical to business operations, is now a redundant support function of a properly configured Cloud Computing resource.

We can aid your company is the selection, configuration and maintenance of your Cloud Computing resources to enable rapid deployment of virtual offices anywhere on the planet. With offices in 'The Cloud', staff can be located just about anywhere an internet port is accessible. From laptops, notepads and cell phones, business as usual is an ongoing function.

Infrastructure service disruptions become less of an impact when you operate in The Cloud as the redundancy afforded here, increases reliability of access to critical business data and functions 24 X 7, 365 days a year!

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