When it comes to both your personal life as well as your professional one, it goes without saying that you need a simple, reliable way to share information, apps, documents and more. All while securely connecting with people, employees and businesses with an easy-to-use experience.
Once upon a time virtual private networks (VPNs for short) were the way to go in this regard. However, modern technological developments are finding more people switching to cloud networking instead.
If you’re like a lot of business owners, you may still be wondering which of these two options represents the best choice for you. Let’s take a closer look at what cloud networking brings to the table and how it could really benefit you and your current IT networking challenges.
1. Increased User-Friendliness
If there’s one thing you absolutely want your networking solution to be over anything else, it’s this: it must be easy to use. It quite simply doesn’t get more user-friendly than cloud networking. Not only is there little to no learning curve associated with cloud computing as compared to VPN setup, installation, support and training, but it’s many times more convenient as well.
Companies who utilize cloud technology as their go-to solution for sharing information, documents, images, and more have the added advantage of being able to access the associated data from anywhere at any time with just a simple, secure login. Plus, cloud computing is seamlessly compatible with any device, including laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and even third party hardware. Once you’ve connected – you can access resources just as if you were in the corporate office.
2. Save Money and Valuable Space
Storage and sharing through traditional VPNs are completely reliant on the immediate presence of bulky hardware and expensive setups. Hardware is not only costly to purchase and keep up to date, but it can take up unnecessary space as well.
This means it might not be the most effective solution for small businesses or home offices where there might not be a lot of extra room to spare.
When you make the switch to the “cloud”, you save a bundle on maintenance costs and effort, as all of that is taken care of by the service provider you use. Plus, you no longer have to worry about making room for any needed hardware. Use it for other equipment or give bonuses for employees instead. You’ll find that cloud computing saves you the lion’s share of time as well, and everybody gets more productive.
3. Room to Grow
Unlike traditional VPN-based networking options, cloud networking solutions allow immeasurable room for your business to grow. Most cloud networking providers provide a variety of different package options for businesses of different sizes. Starter packages are typically very inexpensive or even free.
As your company grows, you can upgrade your service to include more space and more features that you and your colleagues can really use. Plus, you’ll enjoy professional level security options, retrieval abilities, and more – all musts for people who are serious about making their business everything it can be.
The fact of the matter is, VPNs are now considered an outmoded technology. Cloud computing is not only here to stay, but it’s the way of the future.
Jon Rognerud and Chaosmap work with Fortune 500 companies, small business and entrepreneurs to create digital traffic strategies that scales up customers, leads and sales. Mr. Rognerud wrote a best-selling book (Buy On Amazon), “The Ultimate Guide To Optimizing Your Website” (Entrepreneur). Connect directly here.