Cloud Storage and Its Advantages
Cloud storage, or Internet-based storage that provides remote data access, is wildly popular nowadays. But while many small to medium-sized organizations have already switched to this digital method, others still have to learn its specific advantages.
24/7 Accessibility and Synchronization
Local storage provides data access strictly from a single location. With cloud storage, that data becomes accessible from practically all devices, such as laptops, tablets, desktops and the like. Of course, the device must be connected to the Internet. This eliminates the stress of going back and forth between devices when moving files. Moreover, any changes will be automatically saved across all devices. In other words, you will always get the fresh, most recent version of each file whenever and wherever you access it.
We just mentioned that cloud storage removes the need to move back and forth between different devices. Besides that, digital file storage also solves the problem of having to send tons of emails simply to share files. Whether you have to share five or five hundred files, you’ll be able to do it much faster.
As well, cloud storage services usually offer more than a place to store your 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 have to spend money on extra servers, which are expensive to maintain, or on additional IT staff to perform the work. Online storage solutions will give you tons of space for your data and usually for very cheap rates.
Storage Space Efficiency
And the efficiency doesn’t end with costs.
Cloud storage efficiency is not all about cost. Saving data on the cloud means it will no longer have physical presence on your hardware and devices. That means your need for physical storage is reduced considerably, if not completely eliminated, because after all, you already have everything on the cloud.
File Security and Recovery
Finally, it is understandable for anyone to have fears about storing sensitive information in a new space, but remember that cloud storage has been proven to be many times more secure than local business storage. As long as you choose a reputable cloud service provider, you can expect all your data to be encrypted, whether moving or at rest, and no unauthorized users will be able to touch your files. Very importantly, in the event of a disaster, you can be sure that your data will remain intact. You can simply retrieve your backups and restore them with little downtime.