The cloud has become a must-have resource in the modern enterprise world. According to Flexera, 94 percent of businesses use the cloud. There are many reasons why Enterprise cloud computing is favored, including low-cost access to powerful computing resources, easily scalable IT infrastructures, and unlimited mobility.
Nowadays, everything from software applications, computing tools to IT services and tech products have made their way to the cloud. Mainstream cloud vendors package their services into various branded cloud applications, sold to the client through a subscription model. Based on market analysis, here are the top five cloud services that can truly redefine your organization’s digital posture.
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft is one of the leading enterprise-based cloud services distributors. Its most popular cloud offering is Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based version of Microsoft’s stand-alone productivity suite – Microsoft Office. The hosted package includes all the applications available in the offline version, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. And depending on the subscription plan, it may feature additional cloud applications and services such as Teams, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, and SharePoint.
Office 365 allows your employees to collaborate on group projects, share documents and files, hold online meetings in a workplace setting, and manage their workflows. The platform creates a productivity-driven virtual work environment.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS is a comprehensive cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.com, Inc. It’s a mixture of more than 100 cloud computing services and products, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). AWS’ cloud applications and services fall into three broad categories:
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): a virtual machine service
- Glacier: a simple file storage, archiving, and backup solution
- Amazon’s S3 storage system: a robust data storage platform supporting objects up to 5 terabytes in size
AWS leads the pack with a 33 percent share in the global cloud computing market. The cloud packages themselves are highly flexible, versatile, and scalable.
- Google G-Suite was initially launched in 2006 as “Google Apps for Your Domain” and was rebranded to “Google Workspace.” It’s a diverse collection of cloud collaboration tools. The suite includes enterprise-level features such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Sites, Meet, Drive, and an admin panel for managing users.
- Google Workplace has a tiered pricing model, in which you pay a fixed monthly fee for every user. Much like Microsoft 365, Google Workplace is a great way to bring employees together, especially those working remotely.
Dropbox is a file hosting service offered by Dropbox Inc. All you need is a Dropbox app and account to enjoy reliable file storage, sharing, and co-authoring/co-editing. Unlike a personal account, Dropbox Business is for enterprise data storage. The business plans come with extended storage, additional users per account, team management and collaboration tools, an admin console, sophisticated security controls, and many more advanced features.
Salesforce is a SaaS cloud application developed and distributed by Salesforce.com, Inc. It’s a hosted customer relationship management (CRM) system – the first of its kind and the most popular CRM platform today. In addition to having essential CRM functions, Salesforce also includes useful features such as collaboration tools, workflow and task management, analytics, and opportunity tracking capabilities.
A Salesforce subscription starts from $25 per month, and it is worth every penny. A Salesforce subscription starts from $25 per month, and it is worth every penny. The platform enhances and boosts your customer interactions, ultimately leading to more sales.
Transform your business with the cloud
There are thousands of cloud applications in the open IT market. Each solves a specific problem in a niche environment. And that can make it challenging to find and implement the right solutions for various business needs.
Teaming up with a managed IT partner is the easiest way to discover and adopt useful, cost-efficient cloud solutions. At KME Systems, we’ve been helping businesses realize their IT visions since 1993. Start your cloud journey with a supportive and caring IT partner. Contact us to learn more.