Cloud Computing Options Defined: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS

The cloud seems like a mystical place for those who are not familiar with it. Many business owners are wary of the cloud, picturing their own personal photo storage apps on their phone and worrying about the security of such an application for their business. But cloud computing for business offers a myriad of customizable options that offer unlimited storage potential at an affordable monthly rate with complete security. This starts with the three different kinds of cloud hosting options available – SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Photo Credit: Pixabay   Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)   Software-as-a-Service, also known as SaaS for short, is a subscription service for cloud computing hosting. A business…

Breaking Down Data Encryption for Data Security

You may hear the word “encryption” and think of spy movies or secret war messages. But data encryption is a modern technology that protects data security for your business. The tech is a little complicated which causes some businesses to avoid it. However, installing data encryption for all business files will greatly improve your data security. MDL Technology is here to break down data encryption. Data encryption involves converting electronic data into another form called ciphertext that cannot be read by anyone while the data is in transit. Once it is verified that a user has authorized access to this data, then the ciphertext is converted back to a readable…

Why Your Business Should Consider Cloud Computing

One of the options that can help your business become more efficient and increase sales potential is cloud computing. Since Kansas City is growing into a renowned tech community, adapting cloud computing into your business structure will get you ahead of competition that is not utilizing tech effectively. First, let us explain exactly what cloud computing does. The cloud is a storage option much like your hard drive, but it is on the Internet. Not only can files be stored on the cloud, but applications and resources can be stored and utilized through the cloud as well. As a business, you choose a cloud provider that supplies a pay-as-you-go service…

Law Firm Tech Survey About Cloud Computing Shows Industry Split

The Big Law Business section of Bloomberg reported on a survey that asked directors of law firms of all sizes how they are currently spending on tech solutions and how they plan to in the future. The survey results were pretty standard, showcasing the growth in more law firms transitioning to technology as a workflow and security solution, except for one topic area. Law firms were split on their views about cloud computing. According to the survey, sixty-three percent of law firms who responded said they wanted to avoid cloud-based technologies due to security concerns. However, twenty-nine percent said that security was the reason they wanted to use the cloud…

Celebrate Simplify Your Life Week with Cloud Computing

The first week of August is known nationally as Simplify Your Life Week. One of the best ways to simplify your life, especially on a professional level, is to transition to cloud computing. The cloud offers vast storage, accessibility and security benefits for all of your data.   Better Storage Options Traditionally, data would be stored on a physical hard drive with a certain amount of space available that is prone to corruption, destruction and theft. With the cloud, all data storage is virtual. Instead of having to buy a new hard drive any time you want to upgrade storage, you can complete this action virtually at a much lower…

The Complicated Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Government Agencies

Cloud computing has been growing in popularity due to the low expense, low maintenance and highly secure nature of the data storage option. However, many industries are still slow to adopt the cloud for their data storage needs. One of the most notorious industries that are slow to implement cloud computing, but that desperately need the technology are government agencies. In 2010, Vivek Kundra, the federal government CIO at the time, released a mandate that said every new government IT venture should evaluate cloud computing in their structure. And that was back in 2010 before cloud computing really took off! According to a GOA survey in 2014, this announcement has…

National Pack Rat Day: How Cloud Computing Kills Your Inner Pack Rat

National Pack Rat day is Sunday, May 17. We can all be guilty of being a bit of pack rat, especially when it comes to business files. Luckily, there is a way to avoid becoming a computer file hoarder by utilizing cloud computing. Transitioning Forces Clean Out When you decide to transition to cloud computing, you are forced to take a hard look at your files to decide what should stay and what should go. The cloud is a perfect opportunity to do some major clean out. There will of course be items you should keep, but there are some things it is time to get rid. Here is an…

This Earth Day, Go Green with Cloud Computing

Today is Earth Day, the perfect time to start thinking about your business’ impact on the environment. Housing or paying for large hardware data centers is not the most environmentally-friendly way of storing your data. Instead, learn about how the cloud is a sustainable solution for your data storage. Photo credit: maf04 / Foter / CC BY Fewer Machines Are Used When you transfer your data over to the cloud, you can say goodbye to a room full of hardware. Cloud computing uses a remote server system with a much larger capacity. A cloud provider can host the same capacity as an entire data center on one server. Less energy…

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Government

Cloud computing is growing exponentially, but many entities still have reservations about using the cloud for their data management and data storage.Many local governments fear that the cloud is unsecure and expensive, but there are just some of many misconceptions about the cloud. It is important for local governments to understand the benefits of cloud computing. Photo credit: Seansie / Foter / CC BY Increased Security The root of reservations about switching to the cloud comes from a misguided belief that the cloud is insecure. Many imagine a private, enterprise cloud the same way they view the cloud storage on their phones. Yet the enterprise cloud that a government would…

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Construction Companies

Technology has been a constant in the construction industry since the 1990s when companies realized how much of their resources were wasted on paper plans and mailing proofs, as Microsoft reminds us. Cloud computing is the next step in the construction industry’s technology era, yet 30 percent of construction companies are still hesitant to make the leap as of a 2013 study by Sefaira. Once you migrate, the benefits of cloud computing are known immediately. Photo credit: JD Hancock / Foter / CC BY Cost Savings The first and arguably most important benefit you are going to see from cloud computing is the cost savings. Eighty-two percent of companies that…