What is the cloud?

As lawyers, we have a tendency to use jargon unknowingly – that is, it is so commonplace to us that we tend to incorporate into our general speech without even pausing to consider if what we’re saying even makes sense for the intended audience.

We realized that we might be doing the same thing with the buzz word du jour – “cloud”

So what the heck is the cloud?

Well, put simply, the “cloud” means something that, instead of being physically located on the computer you are using, the data, application, etc. is located somewhere else: that somewhere is usually a server farm, that is hundreds, if not thousands, of powerful computers that form the backbone of much of the Internet as we know it.

Legal software in the cloud is a relatively new phenomenon, however the cloud itself is not as radical new thing as some attorneys think.  Most people, even attorneys, are using the cloud, even if they don’t realize it.  Do you have a Gmail account? Yahoo?  AOL?  All in the cloud.

The ubiquity of the cloud is one of the reasons why no state ethical committee has had a problem with the use of cloud computing to store client information.  Obviously, like anything else, this isn’t a carte blanche, it’s tempered by reasonableness – just like most things an attorney does.

Using the cloud can help your practice in many ways.  It un-tethers you from physical location, keeps you better organized, and helps you be more productive and make more money.  Our system, especially, keeps your data safe and secure in multiple U.S.-based servers.  Best of all, you can try it for free.

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