Cloud Computing for Lawyers

Our everyday lives are touched by the cloud, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and a host of other ubiquitous services that we can’t seem to live without.   Cloud networks, cloud computing, cloud services, and hybrids that mix the best of both worlds have become mainstream for personal and business use.  This is  increasingly true for the law firms and law firm IT.  Here’s what you need to know to get the most of cloud computing applications, with an eye on ethics and client confidentiality.

Cloud computing, broadly defined, is a category of software and services delivered over the Internet rather than installed locally on a user’s computer. Cloud computing offers a variety of potential advantages, including

Low upfront costs.
Access from any device with an Internet connection.
Simple setup and configuration.
Built-in disaster preparedness.

Using cloud computing applications in your law firm practice can provide freedom and flexibility. For example, it removes the worry of losing a day of work for the small law firms, and it allows teams to collaborate efficiently at mid-size and large law firms.

From Law Technology Today.  For more information about cloud security and ethical considerations visit the full article at:  http://www.lawtechnologytoday.org/2014/08/brief-cloud-computing-lawyers/

6 Benefits of Moving Your Law Practice Network to the Cloud

Why It Is Essential To Move Your Law Firm To The Cloud

If you’re on the fence about moving your network to the cloud due to security, cost or other issues, here are 6 reasons why you should reconsider.

1. Pay as you go. Instead of investing capital in your server room with move to the cloud and pay for services as consumed.
2. Economies of scale. By using cloud computing, you can leverage the usage of hundreds of thousands of customers that are aggregated in the cloud by providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
3. No more guess work on your capacity needs. With Cloud Computing, you can access as much or as little capacity as you need. Scale up and down as required with only a few minutes notice.
4. Increase speed and agility. Changes to your cloud network can be done quickly with more resources and won’t take up the resources of your staff.
5. Focus on your business, not the infrastructure. Cloud computing lets you focus on your own customers, rather than on the heavy lifting of racking, stacking and powering servers.
6. Improved user experience. Deployment of applications can done quickly and easily.

For more information on the basics of Cloud Computing, security and more, click here: https://aws.amazon.com/resources/gartner-2015-mq-learn-more/

Image by Perspecsys Photos, licensed under Creative Commons