Post written by Shawn Freeman https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2018/12/18/cloud-computing-for-small-businesses-what-you-need-to-know/#7726106960e5

Cloud computing has existed since the dawn of the internet, but only in recent years has it become a household term. Anyone who has touched a computer, tablet or smartphone over the last decade is regularly using cloud services.

Whenever we scroll through Facebook or Twitter, watch streaming videos, access an online email service like Gmail or Outlook, or use the apps on our phones, we are accessing data stored on the cloud. The general public has been quicker to adopt cloud services than the business world, mostly because the data that companies use to run and grow their businesses is highly sensitive.

It’s taken a while for companies to transition from in-house data and systems management to cloud computing, but that too is changing. In 2017, Forrester Research predicted that 50% of global enterprises will rely on at least one public cloud platform by the end of 2018. In addition, the global public cloud market will be valued at $178 billion and the market will only continue to grow. Cloud computing is the wave the of future, and it seems the future is already here.

Businesses are utilizing cloud services at an increasing rate for obvious reasons.

Secure and affordable

• Improves efficiency

• Provides customization based on your business needs

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