Nearly every day I am reminded how cloud computing is completing revolutionizing how business operate. I don’t just mean large corporations either. From a small, sole proprietor operation to a large corporate entity, there are software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions for just about any budget or need.
Our Favorite Cloud Services
Here at CGM Web Solutions, we have a few cloud-based services that we are particularly fond of. Here is a list of a few;
Google Apps for Business
If you are looking for a low-cost e-mail and office application suite for your business that can be accessed from anywhere on the web, Google Apps is the way to go. With the ability to use Google’s powerful Gmail service from your own domain, you can have a professional looking e-mail addres (email@example.com) hosted through Gmail. So you get the benefit of your own domain, backed by the reliability, security and storage of Gmail. You can also host many accounts under one domain and manage the look and feel of each, so your staff can all share contacts lists, calendars and documents collaboratively in the cloud. Here at CGM Web Solutions, we have recently started offering Google Apps for Business Setup and configuration for small to medium-sized businesses and we think it’s a great product. Contact us for a quote on this or other of our services.
Amazon Simple Storage Service
No Matter how secure your hosting provider is, it’s always good to have a backup. In our experience, cloud storage services are one of the most affordable and reliable off-site storage solutions available. For as little as $0.15/GB, you get redundantly backed up storage space in the cloud. Here at CGM Web Solutions, we use Amazon S3 to store routine backups of our client’s website through our Automated Website Backup Service. If you are looking for reliable and secure storage for mission-critical files, this is the place to go!