Is Cloud Storage Right For Your Business?

Each year we see a shift in the way we do business.
20 years ago, every business had to make space for cumbersome computer towers which stored all data on hard drivers. Now we have so many storage options and with businesses always looking to save space, time and money, many are looking to the clouds – literally for inspiration.

Cloud Storage.

Cloud storage is a service where data is stored and backed up remotely. The key benefit being that files can be accessed quickly and remotely. With remote working on the increase for Brits, this option means that everything can be accessed securely from one place.

The Advantages to Cloud Storage

1. Usability: Cloud storage services have desktop folders for Mac’s and PC’s, meaning it is accessible regardless of the operating system you choose. This allows users to drag and drop files between the cloud storage and their local storage. It makes for accessible file sharing and means files can be worked on even without an internet connection and added back to the cloud later.

2. Bandwidth: You can avoid emailing files to individuals and instead send a web link to recipients through your email or business messaging facility. It is so much quicker and securer.

3. Accessibility: Stored files can be accessed from anywhere via an internet connection. It is always recommended to use a secure server however. With public wifi being available everywhere, accessing business files on the move can be detrimental for business security. Always be mindful to connect via a VPN.

4. Disaster Recovery:  It is highly recommended that businesses have an emergency backup plan ready in the case of an emergency. Cloud storage can be used as a back‐up plan by businesses by providing a second copy of important files. These files are stored at a remote location and can be accessed through an internet connection.

5. Cost Savings: Businesses and organisations can often reduce annual operating costs by using cloud storage; cloud storage costs about 3 cents per gigabyte to store data internally. Users can see additional cost savings because it does not require internal power to store information remotely.

 

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