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SMB Remote Users Empowered By The Cloud

Power LinesIf every house had its own power plant, each would have to buy, manage, and support the equipment and systems. Can you imagine the cost and complexity? Instead, we receive power from utility companies that deliver it to our homes as a service — we only pay for what we use. Similarly, cloud computing stores and distributes data and programs over the Internet — as a service, regardless of the size of your company ‘house’.

Cloud computing lowers costs, improves flexibility, and scales operations.  With escalating security threats, the proliferation of mobile devices, and growing mobile workforces, cloud computing is well-suited for businesses with limited in-house IT staff to address these challenges.

Using the cloud to lower costs and increase data center productivity also applies to the network. But if the cloud doesn’t provide the capability for remote users to access their on-site applications and files quickly and reliably companies won’t use it. This is where cloud acceleration comes in.

Cloud acceleration is the great equalizer for small businesses without the resources of large enterprises. By leveraging network resources, removing complexities, and lowering costs to deploy and manage networks, cloud acceleration makes enterprise-grade networks affordable to all.

It shouldn’t matter where remote users are, and what devices they use

Remote connectivity should be as easy as being in the office. Remote users don’t want — and shouldn’t need — to be concerned with accessing their on-site applications and files. They simply want to get their work done without hassles and interruptions.

As a small business, wouldn’t it be amazing to leverage Gbps WAN capacity and support all your remote users around the world? Well, that’s exactly what cloud acceleration does. With technologies such as cloud computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and virtual data acceleration, the entire network can be moved to the cloud and delivered as a service.

A win for everyone

Eliminating network complexity and the time spent managing it frees up time to focus on strategic initiatives and improve the way your networks handle business requirements. Some examples of how cloud acceleration can help:

It’s high capacity: easily scale from Mbps to Gbps WAN capacity with support for hundreds of thousands of simultaneous sessions.

It’s optimizes all IP traffic, regardless of transport protocol or application version, with no risk of corrupting data or altering application behavior.

It’s flexible and cost effective: if a new network needs to be quickly deployed because of an unforeseen event or unplanned meeting, new virtual data acceleration devices can be brought up in minutes, connecting users with the IT resources they need from anywhere there is an Internet connection. No hardware or onsite installation is required. When the project or event is done, shutting it down is just as fast — and you only pay for what was used.

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Marc Goodman