If you’re a twenty something millennial like me, chances are you recall the days of MSN Messenger, and the joys of discovering an instant chat service where you wasted away your evenings ‘bantering’ with your school mates once you arrived home at 3:30pm. It's likely that similarly to most people in the 2000s, you did this on a PC stationed in the corner of the living room.
It’s probable you’ll also remember Microsoft’s Hotmail email service which was part of the same suite of products. You probably called your email address something like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or ‘ManUarethebest@hotmail.com’, but we were all 12 at some point.
Times have certainly changed since then, with instant messaging now the cornerstone of handheld devices that are powered by 4G and high speed WiFi across the UK. WhatsApp is a prime example of a data based instant messaging service that empowers anyone to communicate in real time with friends and colleagues. Gmail has now become the standard for personal emails, with Outlook the standard for business emails, and they feature spam filters and much larger attachment limits allowing for a more seamless experience.
There is however one thing that has remained the same between the Hotmails of 2005 and the Gmails and Outlooks of 2018, and that is the aspect of cloud storage. You may have heard of ‘the cloud’, and assumed it's a brand new technology. In reality, it's been around since you made your ‘cool’ Hotmail email address, as those emails were stored in the cloud then, in the same way they are now.
But what exactly is the cloud?
The cloud, in the most simplest of terms, is where your data is stored on remote servers, as opposed to your own computer’s hard drive. All those spam emails you received on your hotmail account in 2005 were securely stored in a cloud server, and you could access them at any time, from any PC, by simply signing in to your account.
By storing your data in the cloud, you ensure the utmost security, with backups of your most important documents secured off site. Ever stored a load of documents on your computer, thinking it was the safest way to just keep them on your hard drive? What if your operating system crashed, or you had a virus that wiped everything? All those documents would be lost. By keeping them in cloud storage, they will always be safe.
But the cloud isn’t just for keeping data secure. You’ve probably used Microsoft Office programs a million times at work, and it’s likely that if you wanted to share a document with a colleague, you’ve saved it and sent it in an email for them to read. But it doesn’t even have to be that complicated. Office 365 is fast becoming the standard, which includes all your usual applications based in the cloud.
Need to make amendments to an excel sheet in real time that you want your colleagues to be able to see? No problem with Office 365. Countless numbers of people can make real time changes to the same document at the same time, and the changes will be saved automatically and stored in the cloud. The phrase ‘...any unsaved work will be lost’ will become a thing of the past. Collaboration between members of a team has never been easier.
Telefonix can help you integrate fully with the cloud
At Telefonix, we can develop a bespoke cloud migration strategy for your organisation. We can provide Office 365, hosted voice services (your phones running through a cloud system), cyber security and disaster recovery, video as a service, and collaboration and customer experience solutions.
Have a chat with us today about how the cloud can help your organisation. It has already benefited your life in ways you never realised, why wouldn’t you embrace it in your company?