How Remote Servers Can Give Your Firm More Freedom

In the world of our paperless office, it is important that we understand how our services will be sent to us. If we wish to have the ability to access our “virtual file,” then we need to have services available from a central point.

At present – and the “present” becomes outdated quickly in the technological world – we have three possible ways to have our services delivered:

  1. Data servers
  2. Terminal servers
  3. Cloud servers

All three sound confusing, don’t they? But, they are not hard to understand at all. The practical differences are really very simple, yet the ability afforded by each is very dramatic.

With “data servers,” you have centralized data accessible from anywhere. As long as you have the programs you need to manipulate the data on your local machine, you are good to go. “Terminal servers” fix the need for local programs, allowing for the system to send not only data, but also programs; there is no need to worry about whether you have them. “Cloud servers” merely move the need for all those things to be done by someone else somewhere in the “cloud.”

How does this make me efficient and profitable? Well, the farther up the ladder you go, the more movement and efficiency you gain. There is less and less need for you to worry about having the right versions, ensuring back up is there and moving files between users. And, you can work from anywhere. I am writing this blog while waiting for a flight to Cabo San Lucas in the Seattle airport. My PA is waiting to edit it for grammar – and she is skiing in Whistler. Matt with Intuit® is in Toronto and he is “shared” with the blog, so he can see its being written. Need I say more?

LESSON: Gaining access to your information is not tying you to the office. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Remote servers give you the freedom to go anywhere and remain productive. Hasta mañana.