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Download: Webmobyle Moves To The Cloud
If you have been around the block for a while, online, you might have heard of the term “The Cloud”. What is it? For one thing, “The Cloud” is an interesting term and quite creative, considering what it refers to: Something “Up There”.
Although the process has been gradually ongoing, Webmobyle recently took the leap into the final frontier of cloud services, by moving critical application software and shared files to The Cloud. This is a big deal. Since the move, we have seen significant increase in efficiency as well as productivity and predict more gains in the long term.
Cloudflare defines The Cloud as follows: “The Cloud” refers to servers that are accessed over the Internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers. Cloud servers are located in data centres all over the world. By using Cloud Computing, users and companies do not have to manage physical servers themselves or run software applications on their own machines”. End quote.
In a previous blog post titled, Demystifying The Cloud, I went into detail describing cloud services, covering several topics from resource management to deployment service models.
I later followed that blog post just mentioned with another post titled, 5 Of My Favourite Cloud-Based Software. This blog post covered some of the cloud software used at the time at Webmobyle. It has been about 4 years since the later blog post was published. The cloud-base software list has grown now, although some of the cloud applications in the list are no longer in use at Webmobyle.
The move to The Cloud has been a long time coming, but in inevitable. Starting from my freelancing days, I began to foray into cloud services gradually and unintentionally. For instance, I made the decision early-on to use webmail instead of downloading my email using an email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
Managing email online, hence in The Cloud, means that my mail is always available to me anywhere I am at any time, even if I do not have my personal computer, as long as I have an Internet connection. I then moved to foregoing desktop accounting software, and started managing accounting completely online. Over time, leads management and online marketing and other services also moved to The Cloud.
Very recently, I made the big decision to move all services and shared file management to The Cloud. This was the final frontier, and now all important files that need to be shared by personnel are stored in The Cloud. This is when I realised that Webmobyle had now become a Cloud Infrastructure driven business. It’s about time!
In my view, there are numerous advantages to moving to The Cloud and very few disadvantages. Some of the advantages include the following:
As awesome as The Cloud is, it still does have its disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages are outlined below;
The following services are presently in use in The Cloud at Webmobyle, and I anticipate that this list will continue to grow as our business grows. Almost all these services have a generous free tier so that even freelancers and small businesses can start small, and grow with the services.
Moving to The Cloud presents a lot of advantages for us at Webmobyle, and in my opinion, very few disadvantages. It is the way of the future. I anticipate that as time progresses, we will see more and more businesses and organisations moving their operations to be run completely in The Cloud.
Are you making the smart move? And When? We would love to hear about your experiences.
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