In order to lock in and attract people, especially iPhone and iPad users, into the Apple ecosystem, the company has planned to introduce iCloud. iCloud is the new cloud computing service from Apple that makes its debut this fall. It will enable you to automatically sync all your Apple devices through the air and it will be part of the new iOS5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
iCloud is a remote storage area for data that you can access on your Apple devices like your iPhone, iPad, and Macintosh computer. You can, for example, store calendars and documents and access them from all your devices anytime you need them. It offers you an easy way to keep all your data up to date without having to synchronize your devices individually.
The initial service will offer small businesses 5GB of free data storage and access for up to 10 devices. The iCloud system definitely offers potential for small business owners because of the popularity of the iPhone and the iPad. Many business owners and their staff will already have and be using these devices daily, so it offers an extra free service to those already using the devices.
It works differently from traditional cloud services as it delivers data to the end-users device rather than moving the data from the device to the Internet, which is what most other cloud services do. The free service can potentially save you money as opposed to other cloud storage methods. Normally, you have to pay to use a data storage service depending on the amount of data you are using on a daily basis.
For small businesses, it offers a good option for data storage and synchronization as it will give you the ability to store data like documents, calendar appointments, and emails that your other employees can also access, which can help to keep your business running efficiently. It can offer a good solution if your workers are often out of the office or on site most of the day as you can easily keep them up-to-date and let them download any important documents or other data they may need while on the road.
It is also a perfect solution if you have a team of salespeople on the road. For example, they will be able to access the data and use it while making their sales presentation to the customers anytime. This is a great way keep your team informed with the latest information, so they won’t end up presenting the wrong information to potential customers. The cloud service can offer you a lot of possibilities, combined with the already popular iPhone and iPad apps to keep you and your business up-to-date with your appointments, emails and important documents.