What Do Lyft and Cloud Computing Have in Common?

Boy in bed afraid of somethingFear Of The Unknown Stifles Utility

Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way business is conducted globally, but there is still some unnecessary uneasiness among prospective users. People tend to be afraid of that with which they are unfamiliar.

Perhaps this is where the phrase “fortune favors the bold” has its root: by overcoming uncalled for trepidation at that which offers value, people benefit substantively.

Another example of services that offer great temporal and monetary savings is Lyft, but similar concerns over the unknown prevent people from fully utilizing its advantages.

Lyft Your Spirits

Folks are afraid of Lyft for a number of over-hyped reasons. Drivers are afraid of getting attacked by some of the people they pick up, and sometimes passengers don’t trust drivers. But the vetting process for Lyft includes background checks, meaning you’re just as likely — or even more than likely — to get maligned by a cabbie, bus driver, or anyone else.

The fact is, people are people. Ever walk down a street in New York? That’s a lot more dangerous than taking a Lyft ride. So is driving in that insanity. Did you know you’re more likely to get injured sitting in the front of a car? Purportedly, the Russian term for the passenger seat of a car is “the mother-in-law’s seat”, because of the high rate of fatalities; this remains to be confirmed. But in a confirmed study it’s been demonstrated that there’s a 21% less chance of fatality in the back seat should an accident happen. It doesn’t matter how good a driver you are, you can’t drive from the backseat in most cars. With Lyft, you can choose either the mother-in-law’s seat, or the back of the car where the safe kids hang. But either way, the Lyft option is safer! You have no insurance expenses involved in driving a Lyft vehicle, nor any liability. They will also have fleet managment software in place to keep them safe on the roads, from companies such as Lytx, so being rest assured that they are monitored should ease your worries.

Your fear will cost you money, too. You’ll have parking expenses like meters and tickets, not to mention the time lost searching for a spot. Rental cars still have all these problems; with a service like Lyft, you can just forget all that noise and save money simultaneously.

A Cloud Full Of Saving Rain

Imagine a drought’s end coming, and the people are so used to suffering in the dry heat, they run from the life-giving moisture. That’s what is going on today with the hysteria against cloud computing options.

Think about it critically. You do not have that much mission-critical information so proprietary it can’t be securely hosted on a professional network. For goodness sake, you have a smartphone. That has more personal data alone than the vast majority of businesses; and it’s automatically backed up to a network that is — guess what? — cloud-based!

Cloud tech is here, and it’s here to stay. If you’re really afraid of secrets getting out, or hacking, then buy a hard-drive, store everything on it, and lock that drive in a safe. This is overkill, though, and prevents you from truly enjoying cloud-derived benefits. Just consider: you’ll never have to buy hosting hardware again. You won’t lose any more time parsing between hardware options, or the time it takes to have that hardware installed. Additionally, backup and data recovery are usually built-in to cloud technology solutions.

All this is tangential benefit — the main positives in cloud computing come from its utility in IaaS or SaaS. Infrastructure as a Service, be it through Mirantis or other platforms, allows you to partition storage and processing space through any cloud portal. This includes smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Software as a Service allows you to develop applications and design future products/services/systems with the same continuous accessibility. Work can be done remotely, or at a specific location.

Employee productivity stands to increase because work can literally be done anywhere there’s a secure Internet connection. For even the most paranoid, there is benefit here in areas of momentum. As cloud options facilitate increased savings, you’re able to branch out such that a private cloud option including infrastructure and software services can be installed at a specific location. There are public, private, and hybrid cloud servers that mix-and-match accessibility. Security in the cloud isn’t nearly so under-represented as many think, either. In point of fact, many who upgrade to the cloud find that security offered is greater than that which they had initially. Additional cloud benefits include:

• Flexibility
• Automatic Cutting-Edge Updates
• Increased Collaborative Access and Support
• Water-Tight Document Control
• Increased Competitive Edge
• Environmental Friendliness

Get Lyft-ed Into The Cloud

Cloud computing and Lyft are both better for the environment as they cut down on hardware costs and use, as well as fallout which emanates from either. Additionally, both save users’ time and money while providing employment for individuals providing services, proving ultimately they’re economically beneficial. Fears against either service are unjustified, and prevent savings which lead to decreased profitability over time.

Mark McGarvey

Mark McGarvey is president of One Click Solutions Group, a managed services in San Francisco and security provider serving small and mid-sized businesses with 20 to 100 employees in the Bay Area. Mark began his career in msp consulting, before living in San Francisco, in the 90s as a senior support technician for a then-small company in Austin, TX called Dell. After working for a number of organizations in desktop support/management and systems administration, Mark realized a passion for two things: Ensuring computer systems ran smoothly and keeping the people that used these systems happy and productive. This passion helped him get his IT business started in San Francisco!  As a small business owner, Mark empathizes with other business owners that need computer support in San Francisco and understands the things dearest to them: Increasing productivity and efficiency and keeping costs low and ROI high.