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There are many good answers to the question, “Why do I need Cloud storage?” The term “Cloud computing” describes services that are stored somewhere other than your office. Cloud hosting gives you access to many services that you would otherwise have to obtain—and maintain—on your own, usually at a higher cost.
Bottom line advantages of Cloud Storage
When you opt for managed Cloud services, you are choosing a hosting service that provides you with physical data storage and business tools such as email and other content management capabilities. Some advantages of cloud storage include the following:
- Outsourced IT management: Use Cloud storage and computing to reduce or eliminate the need to hire additional tech support. We talked earlier about IT outsourcing. Contract with a skilled IT vendor to save budget and obtain the same specialized service your larger competitors may enjoy. No longer saddled with legacy hardware or software, your IT operation is streamlined and your system more rarely goes “down.”
- Security: Cyber security is diverging as an IT service. Ensure your data, customers, and business are protected through managed Cloud storage that delivers current detection, protection, and mitigation from viral infection and other cyber crime. Cloud storage facilities are designed for this purpose, usually secure from most natural disasters, and have built-in redundant protective mechanisms. Many Cloud hosting partners offer the security protocols needed for regulated industry—improving your compliance and due diligence, and potentially reducing liability in the event of a breach.
- Convenience: Cloud storage shines when it comes to efficient business processes. Access email, documents, photographs, and files on multiple devices while you work with associates anywhere in the world. Reduce project time by rapid revision of documents normally passed around for comment. Reduce wasted storage space by ultimately storing only the needed—and current—versions of documents.
- Backup: Never lose data again with redundant systems offered by Cloud storage. Many small businesses mistakenly forego daily backup of their business files. It is a big mistake if you are hit by a virus, ransomware, a fire, or other misfortune. Maintain two current copies of important business data and documents—preferably on two different servers. Larger businesses who cannot afford any downtime spread their data over multiple data centers, in the event of a burp—or a break—in service.
- Who to choose: Choose your provider for capability and pricing that suits your individual or business need. That said, three leading companies include Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Keep in mind free Cloud storage is also usually free of support if something goes wrong with your files—and sometimes things go wrong. A couple of basic differences among these providers include:
- Google Drive and OneDrive have strong collaborative capabilities, DropBox, not so much.
- Storage offerings may vary.
- OneDrive has an easily navigable interface, DropBox is simple to use, and Google can take some time to learn how to navigate
Do you need Cloud storage? The answer is probably yes. When you have questions about Cloud computing or need a reliable, secure provider—contact us at Achieve Networks.