To most consumers, the Cloud is a place to have offsite storage. To designers, it can be a place to dump data to free up more hardware for other things. How about adding retail space to the list?
AT&T is rolling out SaaS (Software as a Service) products to over three million of its small business customers. Most notable on the list is the ability to access Microsoft Office suite programs over the Cloud.
This offers several advantages. The first of which is the freeing of IT resources. All the programs and the data you input into them are held offsite. That means you need extra hardware to run an HD teleconference or require constantly looking for CD keys to give out when everyone upgrades to the latest version of Office.
The second major advantage is scale. The SaaS is rolling out in two tiers. The first one allows up to 25 users download and upload all the AT&T cloud services at any given time. For smaller businesses, that means when a new employee is hired, you don’t need to buy yet another cd for Microsoft Office. Instead, they can just download all the data they need and be able to look at and share all relevant documents. Essentially, it’s like having your own server for only six dollars month.
The upper tier is basically the same save for unlimited users. You’ll probably save on IT costs by having AT&T dealing with all that.
Yet, if you want your own dedicated cloud—you might want to check this out.