A Cloud Guide: The Benefits Of Cloud Computing

The acceleration of cloud computing has brought a variety of changes to many different industries. There are concerns of course, as many large companies and enterprises are hesitant to give up paper and move their company into the digital realm. Often, this hesitation concerns money or security and sometimes it's just the thought of such a big change in the way a company performs its business. Others worry about the impact of cloud computing on the IT department. However, these concerns have been largely overblown. The benefits of cloud computing are too big to ignore and we are going to look at some of the top benefits of cloud computing.

Cloud computing saves time and money

One of the many misconceptions that people have about the cloud is that it will cost more time and money to transfer all files and documents to the cloud. Moving documents to the cloud is a fast process. Any files and documents that are already in digital format can simply be uploaded to the cloud storage account. To transfer paper files to the cloud simply consists of scanning paper documents to a computer file and then uploading them to the cloud storage account.

It saves money as the company will require a smaller IT staff and small businesses may actually only need an IT consultant they can call when needed. It will vastly lessen the costs of buying new hardware, upgrading hardware, maintaining hardware and purchasing additional storage space. It saves on physical storage space as all files will be stored in the cloud. No bulky file cabinets or storage rooms are needed. All upgrades and maintenance are performed by the cloud storage provider. Paper and printing costs will be eliminated or vastly reduced.

Cloud computing brings efficiency with BYOD

Cloud computing has brought us the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. With BYOD, companies allow their employees to perform company work and access company files on their personal devices, such as smartphones and tablets. One of the main benefits of BYOD is that many employees can work remotely and no longer need to make costly and time-consuming trips to and from the office every day. While security has been a concern in this movement, IT departments have implemented monitoring software in the personal devices to ensure that company data is not being abused. However, users are not particularly fond of this intrusion as their personal text messages and photos could possibly be read during the monitoring process. To combat this, many employees have begun carrying two phones, one for personal and one for work. However, this is not very efficient or cost-effective.

Because of the BYOD movement, Samsung implemented Knox Security into the Samsung S4, a trend that's sure to take off among other phone manufacturers. This added security feature enables the phone to be split into two separate sections- one for personal use and one for business use. This means that all company data remains secured in the business section while personal SMS messages, photos and other data remains free from the IT department's security monitoring.

Cloud Computing offers easier sharing and searching

Sharing files is made simple with cloud computing as files can be shared among multiple users by simply dragging and dropping files or documents into a shared folder. Once a file is dropped into a shared folder, it is then uploaded to the cloud storage provider's servers and sent out to all users that have the shared folder installed on their computer or device.

Cloud computing makes searching for files and folders a quick and simple process. Forget searching through huge storerooms with thousands of folders, all files within a cloud storage account can be searched within seconds. There are even apps such as CloudMagic that allow users to search across many different cloud services. This works well if your company is using multiple cloud storage providers such as Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox and more.

Cloud computing provides stronger security

This is one of the largest misconceptions about the cloud. Many people feel that the cloud does not offer adequate security of company data. With the strong security features that cloud storage providers offer, the strength of cloud security is up to the user. Strong passwords and the use of additional security measures such as two-factor authentication help keep data secure. All competent cloud storage providers use strong encryption during transfer and storage of data. Cloud security has become advanced enough that the U.S. Defense Department is moving to the cloud.

Cloud computing offers complete security from natural disasters such as fire, flood, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. If a company's physical location is destroyed by a natural disaster, all company files and folders remain intact, safely stored away in cloud servers. And if you’re worried about the cloud storage servers getting hit by a natural disaster, there are cloud storage backup services such as cloudHQ, which provides a continuous backup of all data. It can even sync files across a variety of cloud storage providers.

The cloud is here to stay

Increasing cloud and mobile trends are showing us that cloud computing is not going away. Mobile use is expected to overtake desktop computer use within the next year or so. The benefits of cloud computing include cost-reduction, time-management, easier and more efficient business performance and productivity, and better security. With benefits such as these, the cloud has already become too big to ignore.


Samsung Galaxy S4: The Ultimate Business Smartphone

Knox Security Improves BYOD Usage With Samsung Galaxy S4

With the rapid expansion of the Bring your own Device (BYOD) movement among companies and enterprises, mobile security has become a concern, and an issue that many companies aren't quite sure how to deal with. The benefits of BYOD are far too great to ignore completely, yet when you have company data that is accessible from employees' private mobile devices, some concessions must be made. To battle the insecurity issue, many IT departments require monitoring of the mobile devices that will be used to access company data. So now the concern is with the employees because they don't want the company monitoring their private emails and data. The solution for many employees has been to carry two phones- one for personal use and one for business use. This way, the employees' private data stays private while the company phone is monitored. 

Knox: Samsung's new business and security solution

Samsung and Absolute Software have been working in together to create a security solution called Samsung Knox. This security platform transforms the Samsung Galaxy S4 into the ultimate corporate phone. It separates the phone into two sections- one for personal use and one for business use. This ensures that all personal data stays private from remote business users so the IT guys can monitor the business usage of the phone without prying into private emails or data.

The Knox security feature could change the way BYOD is currently used as it now provides access for employees to use a single phone for both personal and corporate use. With the exciting array of features that the Samsung Galaxy S4 already comes with, the implementation of such an innovative business and security solution makes the phone the ultimate business smartphone.


Mobile Web Browsing Changes On The Way

As mobile use is at an all-time high and expected to top desktop computer use within a year or so, companies such as Google, Samsung and Apple are all competing for their share of this highly competitive market. Recent announcements show that Google, Samsung and Mozilla are working fast to release new versions of web browser engines for mobile use.

What is a web browser engine?

Browser engines are used to interpret HTML which determines how the content is displayed on the screen. It sounds simple enough but there are many differing mobile devices- each with its own type of browser. If two browsers use different engines, the content may be displayed differently on each device.

Google developing web browser engine called Blink

Google announced on Wednesday that it was developing a new web browser engine called Blink. Blink is a variant of the WebKit engine, an open-source engine that currently powers Chromium and Safari. However, as Chromium has become more complex, it has become harder to use, which spurred these changes by Google. Blink will also be used to power Opera's web browser.

Mozilla and Samsung developing web browser engine called Servo

Mozilla also announced on Wednesday that it was currently working with Samsung to develop a new web browser engine called Servo. Servo will be used mainly for Android smartphones. This announcement comes at a time when Google is currently attempting to market the Chromium browser to smartphone users.