19 Feb 2021

Is Your Head in the Cloud?

2020 was the year of remote working, and 2021 will be the year we learn the sky, or actually, the cloud is the limit! One thing we know is the pandemic changed how and where we do business, and chances are, this is just the beginning.

Cloud computing continues to gain popularity because it allows customers easy access to the latest technologies and better user experiences, all at a fraction of the price. It eliminates the need for costly IT resources having to manage local system security updates and upgrades. Instead, those burdens are being handed over to trusted cloud-computing providers (think Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.) The cloud allows for improved business outcomes through increased productivity and collaboration with little limits.

There are three types of cloud computing: public (SaaS), private, and hybrid cloud. The most popular is the public cloud, and that is where most SaaS applications are hosted. The SaaS market is expected to grow to $117.7 billion in 2021 alone, according to Gartner. The private cloud is most often used by a single organization tailored to their needs, and everything is sent through their private network. The hybrid cloud, also known as the multi-cloud, is a combination of private and public. It’s the best of both worlds by allowing the sharing of information while ensuring data that needs to be private stays that way.

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Remote access control and video surveillance is a growing, popular cloud-based platform that allows both the installer and the end customer to manage their sites from anywhere and at any time of the day. Remote access allows for help and monitoring 24 hours a day for both the installer and the end customer. Solutions like Vanderbilt’s ACT365 make it easy to analyze events, generate reports, or lockdown doors quickly in the event of an emergency. Another growing requirement of access control is its ability to be touchless or frictionless. Vanderbilt’s ACTID Mobile Credential solution allows for touchless entry. Instead of swiping a key card or fob to get into a building, the user just needs to present their smartphone to the card reader.

Whether it’s providing remote access or incorporating touchless technology, the cloud allows for more flexibility and situation adaptability. With the cloud’s scalability and accessibility, it’s not hard to see why Gartner believes cloud revenue will grow to $307 billion this year. Are you ready to work in the ease of the cloud?