Benefits of Using Cloud Storage
Cloud storage, or Internet-based storage that provides remote data access, is wildly popular nowadays. 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 Synchronization
Local file storage allows you to access data only 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 erases the stress of moving back and forth between different devices when transferring files. Additionally, files will remain consistent on all devices as changes are saved from the main source as they are made. Thus, you will get the freshest, more recent version of every file regardless of when or where you open it.
We just made mention of cloud storage eliminating the need for back-and-forth file transfers between devices. 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.
As well, cloud storage services usually offer more than a place to store your data. You can also collaborate with your peers, which makes editing easier while ensuring that only authorized users are able to access the file. Just the same, all changes made by all collaborators will be saved in real time.
Cloud storage does not require external hard drives or backup tapes, or the time required to back up files manually. That means there is no need to buy extra servers, which are notorious for being expensive, and to hire additional IT staff to join the team. 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 goes beyond costs. Moving data into the cloud suddenly removes its physical presence on devices and hardware. 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. 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, in the event of a disaster, you can be sure that your data will remain intact. Just retrieve your backups and restore them with minimal downtime.