By Sarah Lake* , Guest Author The businesses are increasingly embracing the concept of cloud computing and the efficient and flexible envi...
By Sarah Lake*, Guest Author
The businesses are increasingly embracing the concept of cloud computing and the efficient and flexible environment it creates. If you are thinking of improving your business and you still haven’t started using cloud storage, here are five reasons to do so:
1. Easy access and sharing
Cloud storage services enable users to collaborate more easily even if they are geographically distant. Employees may create and modify documents and share them between each other. The leading cloud storage services are developed for almost all clients so the users could access their files from almost every device. This can be particularly convenient in contemporary BYOD (bring your own device) system where employees regularly use several different devices. In the cloud,documents could be modified on one device (e.g., a work computer) and the changes would be synced to all the other connected devices (home computer, tablet).
A growing number of cloud storage providers brought about competitive prices for users. Competitive definitively means good - the more providers there are, the easier it is to find a cloud space for a reasonable monthly or annual price. Not only that the storage itself is cheap, say 50GB ofspace for as little as 50$ a year, but it also cuts long-term IT costs. As there’s no need for spending on hardware maintenance and management the initial IT costs are minimal, which allows even the people with limited funding to start their businesses.
This is a tough one. In choosing a reliable storage provider you need to be additionally careful. Most of the companies providing cloud storage services guarantee the safety of the documents stored at their servers. However, security issues related to data access and power outages in cloud are constantly present. Though the companies try hard to fix all the bugs in time one can never be too cautious about this.
However, once you decide upon a proper provider you’re all set. The greatest advantage of the cloud is that your data is regularly backed up and always available to you – even if you accidentally erase them or lose them otherwise. Power outages, computers crashing abruptly, office on fire (God forbid!) – nothing can harm your files any more.
4. Features and Performance
The cloud services offer useful features that facilitate file management.Data backup and syncing are some of the most practical ones, while file sharing is especially useful for distant collaboration. Even though this may sound complicated to less internet-savvy users, software installation is in fact quite simple and the user interfaces are intuitive. All you need for a seamless cloud experience is a half-decent internet connection.
The explosion of cloud storage providers is certainly justified. A growing number of both individual users and companies of all sizes decides to move their work to the cloud. Even though some might frown at the thought of making changes to their everyday business environment cloud computing is definitively a good investment.
About the author: Sarah Lake is a blogger and a researcher on cloud computing. She is currently jump-starting a blog on cloud computing.