When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (Saa S), we're all familiar with the usual cloud providers.
But for small businesses and larger enterprises, there's a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond those best-known cloud storage and cloud computing services: Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon and Microsoft. All are capable of providing nearly instant benefit -- without you having to make any infrastructure investment whatsoever.
Instead, Backblaze offers a set-it-and-forget-it backup system that keeps copies of your local data (including some system files) in the cloud.
For end-users, Back Blaze is $5 per machine every month.
There's one other thing to like about Backblaze: Its data center approach.
It regularly reports on hard drive reliability and even the challenges of running a data center.
There's also an enterprise version if you need to go really big. It's billed as part spreadsheet and part database, but it's really a flexible information manager that can look a bit like Trello, a bit like Google Docs, and a bit like a structured Evernote.
Airtable allows you to store information, structure it, share it among collaborators, and work on it in a variety of forms.
The approval email might have gotten lost or, if you're still on paper approvals, buried in a huge inbox mound.
Approval Donkey (which has our nomination for best cloud-based service name ever) automates this process.