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Put The Cloud To Work For Your Business

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Small business owners across the country are increasingly  taking advantage of “cloud computing” technology that  allows them to store files securely and access them  remotely.

With no hardware to install or maintain, cloud computing is an easy  and efficient way to back up and safeguard computers, external hard drives  and network attached storage (NAS) devices. However, many small business  owners are missing out on the benefits of the cloud, and may also be  sacrificing the profits that can come with this upgrade.

OfficeMax recently launched OfficeMax Services Centers in all of its  stores nationwide to offer specially-tailored services and solutions to small  business owners, including online backup from Carbonite  and cloud storage from MiMedia. Here are some tips  from the OfficeMax    ServicesCenter  on how to effectively put cloud storage to work for your business.

Protect your business with  bank-level security

The cloud provides a safeguarded central location to encrypt and store the  most sensitive, confidential materials on enterprise-grade servers, including  employee payroll information. In addition to cloud protection, OfficeMax  works with Merchant Payroll powered by ADP and Paychex  to absorb payroll needs and even file all state and federal taxes.

Reduce hardware, paperwork and  management costs

Cloud storage offsets the cost of purchasing hard drives or memory  upgrades—and who doesn’t like saving money? Plans are based on  storage space needs and can be customized at any time. Benefits include less  equipment to maintain and reduced management costs.

Boost productivity with anytime,  anywhere access

In today’s competitive marketplace, staying connected means staying  in business. It’s more important than ever to maximize productivity on  the go, wherever you may be. Cloud storage allows the business and its  employees to gain access to critical business information across multiple  devices, including laptops, smartphones and  tablets.

Get a meeting room

Many small business owners know the feeling of scrambling to find a coffee  shop with enough space to hold a quick meeting. OfficeMax now works with Regus to provide business customers with access to  flexible office space, virtual office services, private  meeting rooms by the hour and mobile business lounges to drop into to ensure  your needs are covered.

Put real-time collaboration to work

Cloud storage allows businesses to create shared workspaces for staff. By  enabling multiple people to share files from multiple locations, employees  can then access, review and work on the same files in real time.

Rest assured with data backup and  disaster recovery

If your computer crashes or is stolen, or if the office experiences a fire  or burglary, how would your business get back critical data? Cloud storage  allows you to easily save, back up, recover and restore all files remotely.  An OfficeMax Services Center advisor can provide a tutorial on touch screen technology to help you back up  these files while working on a mobile platform.

For additional information about cloud computing and business solutions,  visit the new Services    Center inside of your  local OfficeMax store or visit