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What can the cloud do for businesses?

By now, many businesses have flirted with the idea of switching from traditional data storage on in-house servers to utilizing cloud services. But, fears about its security, stability and cost, in addition to a lack of information about its benefits, may have prevented business owners from making the switch.

First, it's important to understand what the cloud is. Many operations have their own servers that store information internally, which limits the amount of data they can store to the size of the servers they have. It also means that the company must buy their own hardware and pay for its installation and maintenance. With a cloud server, businesses can "rent" remote storage from other companies and pay only for the amount that they use, which then allows them to fluctuate the size of their database based on factors like website traffic.

That's exactly why TC3 Health took advantage of a cloud server. The California-based company reviews insurance claims for redundancy and fraudulent requests. According to an article on Inc.com, TC3 was asked to check over more than 20 million claims. The job was out of the ordinary and had TC3 used domestic servers, they may have not been able to handle such an enormous order. By storing the data in the cloud, they were able to take on the project and saved their client over $20 million. As one might imagine, that led to an influx of more business.

While the cloud might seem like a great solution to business owners, they may not even know how to begin the implementation planning process needed to introduce the new system to their operation. Telecommunications consultant agencies can evaluate businesses' current systems, and based on their assessment, suggest the most feasible and affordable solution.