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How Startups Can Benefit from Cloud Technology

Unlike businesses of the past, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited funding

With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited funding.

They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can benefit and why this technology is so advantageous.

Minimal capital is required
It used to be that significant funding was needed to create a company's infrastructure. In order to get rolling and stay on top of the action, you might have had to hire a staff of IT professionals, which cost even more.

Thanks to cloud computing, this is no longer necessary. Far less money is required to establish a solid infrastructure for a startup. By signing up for a service with a reputable cloud vendor, small startups can choose a plan that fits their specific needs and customize it accordingly.

As a business grows over time, the service can be upgraded with no hassle. If a particular vendor isn't working out, you can find a new one without getting locked into a major contract. For startups that need only a tiny amount of storage, there are even options that are completely free.

Security
When it comes to sensitive data, it's important that you can keep it safeguarded and out of the wrong hands. This is especially true for payment information and customers' personal data. Since most cloud providers utilize state-of-the-art security technology, the odds of getting hacked or having important data compromised are slight.

There's also the issue of ensuring that information never gets lost due to a server going down or some other type of technological disaster. Although traditional hardware and software can be unreliable, cloud technology accessed through a reputable vendor guarantees that information won't be lost, even in a worst-case scenario.

By utilizing multiple servers and having a team of expert IT technicians on hand, you can rest assured that your data is in good hands.

Efficiency
In today's business world, it's important to have reliable technology that allows you to get the most done in the least amount of time. Whether you're using the cloud for sales automation, customer service, marketing or any other task, it should help to streamline operations and keep things running smoothly.

A key benefit is that you and your fellow team members don't have to be in a central location to access the cloud. Instead, you can be scattered around different states and even different countries and still take care of projects the way you would if you were in the same office.

Since many platforms are now available on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, you don't even have to be at a computer to complete a task. This makes cloud technology a major productivity booster.

Easy upgrades
Just like video drivers, USB drivers, and any other type of technology, IT needs to be updated periodically to function at a high level. If you're responsible for handling this yourself or for hiring IT professionals, this can be a major hassle and one that's financially draining.

Fortunately, using a vendor-based service eliminates the stress because most companies will automatically take care of updates and upgrades on your behalf. Rather than wasting time and energy dealing with this, you're free to focus on the business at hand.

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Drew Hendricks is a writer, as well as a tech, social media and environmental enthusiast, living in San Francisco. He is a contributing writer at Forbes, Technorati and The Huffington Post.

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