Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s my Cloud service.
There are unsung heroes in the Cloud. OK, they might not have cloaks, save cats from up trees but they are doing similar sterling work in protecting our servers from viruses and malware, helping to make business more flexible and helping free up time and resources for innovation.
Superheroes are part and parcel of popular culture, but while they’re flying through the clouds or swinging across urban landscapes its worth considering the heroes that are making our lives operate a little easier.
1. SaaS: The Superman of the Cloud
It’s a principle that Superman fights for; truth and justice. He’s also there when you need him, not taking up space in the corner of the office and draining resources; shout out of the window and Superman will appear through the clouds.
SaaS, or Software as a Service is “on-demand” Cloud software. Priced or a pay-by-use basis it allows businesses to get the benefits of the Cloud in a flexible way that suits their budgets and operation, rather than having to incorporate a new system wholesale, regardless of whether it suits you and your business. SaaS enables you to outsource your hardware and software meaning you use it only when you need it and it’s stored on the cloud provider’s server.
We don’t know if, when SaaS isn’t being used, it works at a local newspaper wearing thick black-rimmed glasses and operating under a pseudonym but you never know.
2. Virus and spam filters: Fighting criminals like Batman
If you’re a bad guy and Batman is around, just watch out. From the Joker to The Riddler Batman cleans up the streets of violence, lawlessness and the criminal mastermind.
You may think your inbox is a safe place to be but that’s because a lot of work is happening underneath the surface. Virus and spam filters check each email that is sent to you for malware or anything that might infect your inbox or computer. With Exchange hosting in the Cloud, this is important. If you’re giving responsibility over to a Cloud provider who want to ensure your property and data is safe. These filters help keep your inbox secure and safe. And just like Batman it doesn’t want to shout about the good work it’s doing.
3. Silicon Valley, tech city: It’s Captain America
Server farms, technological innovation, Silicon Valley, tech city; it’s so patriotic, so tied up in the Californian drive for innovation. So obviously it’s Captain America. The thing about Captain America is that is was a doggedly patriotic portrayal, designed to inspire rather than simply set an example. It’s the core principle that’s important, rather than the activity. At the heart of Cloud Computing is the approach of the industry’s pioneers; the internet is for sharing ideas, for being at the forefront of innovation and to focus on an idea that’s bespoke, rather than being pushed in a direction you don’t want to take.
4. Hosted Exchange: Iron Man
Tony Stark is a man that put his mind to greater things. OK, Iron Man might not always seem like a hero (neither does Tony Stark, to be honest) but he is the epitome of innovation, design and following a dream. And blowing stuff up.
You, hopefully, aren’t using Hosted Exchange to blow stuff up but it does represent taking control for how you want your business to run. Being able to encompass everyone and everything in terms of your business communication, helping people access it simply and easily wherever they are is pretty innovative. It helps any business, no matter their size, be coordinated and organised. It helps them to focus on the growth and the way they want to do it with a simply operating system. You might not run a conglomerate as big as Stark Industries but at least the spirit of entrepreneurship is at its core.
5. Flexibility enables equality: It’s Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman fights for justice, for peace, love and equality. What the Cloud offers any business is flexibility and it’s that that delivers true equality in the workplace. The way we work is changing. We have different times we need to get to the office, some want to work part time, some at funny hours; the Cloud enables and empowers us to do that, if our bosses agree.
This means that whether you’re a mum, a freelancer, a dad, a grandma, if you have other demands on your time, if you want to work regardless of geographical location then you can. You have the same access to all your work data either on your laptop, tablet or smartphone and it all looks the same. It means clients get the same level of work and communication and you don’t have to be tethered to your desk. That freedom means that you don’t have to subscribe to the traditional fifties approach to work i.e., show up at 9, work through until 5, never take time off. Wonder Woman would be proud.
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