Cloud communications

What is Cloud Communications?calling via a computer
Cloud communications are the safe way to host your business phone solution.

Although widely used, the term “cloud” is a bit misleading. To some, the term conjures ideas of data vaporizing and a lack of infrastructure control. But in reality, the cloud consists of off-premise servers accessed via the internet. These IP-accessed applications are secure and highly reliable. Cloud servers are owned and maintained by companies that offer “server farms,” huge installations of servers dedicated to hosting software.

Owners of server farms have three overriding promises to keep: data security, speed, and high uptime. Cloud communications and other types of cloud computing offer ease-of-use and simplicity, but those benefits are useless if data security is lacking, applications are not accessible, application access is slow, or if programs keep going offline. Therefore, cloud purveyors spend a great deal of time ensuring data security and integrity. Most cloud server centers offer storage in a public cloud, a private one, or a hybrid of both, where the application is in a public cloud but transacted data is stored privately. globe laptop

Most cloud providers will demonstrate some type of compliance with computing standards like SSAE 16, a process and data security protocol, NIST or IEEE standards, or some other globally recognized method of assuring compliance. Trusted providers are usually quite happy to offer prospective clients their accreditations and certifications.

In order to guarantee speed and accessibility, server farms provide multi-tenancy and scalability. Multi-tenancy means that there are several instances of a communications application or platform running on the cloud servers to seamlessly accommodate increases in demand. As a business grows and their cloud communications needs to expand, a server farm will dedicate more infrastructure resources to the client, scaling up as needed.

A cloud-based phone solution is perfect for mobility and remote employees.

Enterprise business communications systems include telephone switchboard PBX, audio and video conference, call center, interactive voice response (IVR), fax, and data equipment and applications. Any of these systems can be entirely or partially located in the cloud. Each system will offer varying benefits depending upon the client’s needs and usage. phone cloud communications

Some enterprise clients want all of their systems cloud-based while others prefer a hybrid solution where they receive some benefits immediately (like reduced up-front and maintenance costs) while transitioning the rest of their systems over time. Typically, when managers begin to see the cost and support benefits of moving their communications systems to the cloud they quickly choose to accelerate the transition.

Purchasers of communication systems have constructed major portions of their operations around the reliable functioning of these systems. System providers are increasingly urging their customers to install or convert to cloud-based applications. Besides the speed, security, and accessibility benefits of operating in the cloud, there is an additional system management benefit. That additional benefit is the ability to remotely manage how a system works. As an example, if a hurricane renders a company site unreliable a system administrator could, through a web portal, tell their PBX system to direct all telephone calls away from that facility to a healthy facility located miles away.

How softphones help you connect via your PC Cloud communications

The providers above each offer PC to phone calls as an add-on to their traditional phone service with a product called a softphone.  A softphone is a piece of software that allows you to convert sound from a microphone into a VoIP call. Most softphones do not cost anything at all; they’re offered for free through a variety of providers. Some softphones, however, cost a little extra due to the additional features that they provide.

With a softphone, you can easily place calls and carry out other phone functions through your computer. More often than not, customers who use a softphone talk through a headset with an accompanying microphone. A softphone, however, cannot function on its own. It requires a VoIP service provider’s network in order to complete calls.

What Is a SIM Card?

A SIM card lives inside your cell phone and is essentially your phone’s ID. It stores contacts and other data, and your phone won’t work without it. A SIM card works by connecting with your mobile phone and your carrier’s cell towers, so the two can communicate. When you upgrade your phone, you bring your SIM card with you to keep your phone number, data plans and more; but since most SIM cards are designed to work only with certain brands and carriers, they won’t fit just any phone. Whether you’re shopping for a new smartphone or refurbished cell phones, check out Best Buy for great deals every day.
What Are the Types of SIM Cards?

GTI Global SIM Cards usually come in one of three popular sizes: Regular SIM cards, micro SIM cards and nano SIM cards. A nano SIM card offers the same features as larger cards do, but in a more compact package. Many phones are equipped with cutouts for all three sizes, so you can decide which version you want. If your phone only fits one type of SIM card, you can try using an adapter, which allows nano SIM cards to fit into micro SIM or regular SIM slots.
How Do I Use an Unlocked Phone?

If you love to travel and want an international SIM card, or you simply don’t want to commit to a carrier, an unlocked phone with GTI Global SIM might be right for you. Unlocked phones are packed with all the features you want, making it easier to transition internationally. Unlocked phones using a GTI Global SIM card that can connect to multiple Global System for Mobile (GSM) networks in the  States. GTI Global offers one service and covers you on all Networks!

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