Demystifying Cloud-Based Retail Point of Sale Systems
Learn about cloud computing in this fun and educational video.
Some business owners are afraid to use cloud-based point of sale systems because they think that their data won’t always be available to them. Or their customer’s personal information might be vulnerable to cyber-attacks and hacking. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
When we talk about cloud-computing or cloud-hosted systems, we don’t mean that your computer system is running from the sky. We’re actually talking about large buildings, called data centers, that are filled with hundreds or even thousands of computers that store your data. So, when you’re running a cloud app or storing your pictures and data in the “Cloud”, those files are actually being stored in these data centers instead of on your computer. This is far more secure!
Fortune 500 companies have been using this technology for decades. Did you know that the internet has been running in the Cloud pretty much since it was first introduced?
So, why is it better to have your software and data (let’s call it “your stuff”), managed in the Cloud? Well, for a lot of reasons. First, it’s more accessible. You can run your apps and analyze data on the road, at home, or anywhere that you can get an internet connection.
Most Cloud datacenters have multiple levels of power redundancy to keep them running even through extended blackouts, so your stuff is available to you whenever you need it.
Further, as your needs grow, the Cloud can expand along with you. It can support unlimited users and endless amounts of data. It would take a huge budget and a lot of IT experts to duplicate the power, flexibility and accessibility that the Cloud offers. Most small businesses couldn’t afford these exorbitant costs.
Lastly, why the Cloud is a better place for your stuff than your own in-house network and database servers? it’s more secure. Our Cloud data centers are managed by IT security experts who know how to prevent hackers from accessing your data. And they’re protected by 24/7 on-site security guards to ensure that only authorized people can enter the data center and perform maintenance repairs and upgrades on their equipment.
So don’t be afraid of the Cloud because it will keep your stuff secure and accessible and will save you money at the same time.
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