Cloud Storage and Its Advantages
Cloud storage, or online storage that allows remote access to data, has become very popular these days. But while a lot of small to medium-sized organizations have already made the switch to this digital method, others have yet to understand its key advantages.
Round-the-Clock Accessibility and Data Synchronization
Local storage provides data access strictly from a single location. With cloud storage, this access is possible from virtually all devices, from desktop computers to smartphones and everything in between. Of course, the device must be connected to the Internet. This scraps the need to go back and forth with various devices in moving files. Moreover, any changes will be automatically saved across all devices. Thus, you will get the freshest, more recent version of every file regardless of when or where you open it.
We just mentioned not having to go back and forth between devices with cloud storage. Aside from that, storing files digitally also gets rid of the pain of sending tons of emails for file-sharing purposes. Whether you want to share one or one hundred files, you can do it at a fraction of the time it takes to perform the task the old-fashioned way.
Also, cloud storage services offer more than just a place for data. Collaboration with peers is also possible, giving authorized users editing capabilities. Just the same, whatever changes are made by any collaborator are automatically saved.
Cloud storage does not require external hard drives or backup tapes, or the time required to back up files manually. That means you don’t need to procure additional servers, which are expensive to start with, or hire more IT staff to do the work. Online storage solutions offer great space for your data and often for incredibly low prices.
Storage Space Efficiency
And the efficiency doesn’t end with costs.
The efficiency of cloud storage doesn’t end with cost. Moving data into the cloud suddenly removes its physical presence on devices and hardware. Your need for physical storage will not be drastically reduced, if not totally gone, since all the space you need is already on the cloud.
Data Security and Recovery
Finally, though it’s understandable that you would fear for the security of your files in new space, you have to take note that cloud storage has been shown to be a lot more secure when compared to local business storage. Long as you pick a well-reputed cloud service provider, you can trust that your data will be encrypted, both while at rest and in transport, and only authorized users will be able to access your files. Very importantly, your data will remain in one piece even in the event of a disaster. All you have to do is retrieve and restore your data, which is perfectly possible with minimal downtime.