It’s no surprise that we spend most of our days entering data into computer systems. In a business environment, we tend to deal with a lot of information that gets stored in a digital format. Usually, that information we enter gets kept on a local server somewhere in the office.
These days, a lot of companies have turned to “the cloud” to store their crucial business data. But, is that something you need to be doing for your firm as well?
Here are five reasons why it makes sense to do so:
Data loss won’t be catastrophic
Let’s say that an unfortunate event such as a fire occurred at your premises. The fire was so severe that all your IT equipment is nothing more than molten metal and plastic. One of the computer casualties of the fire is your server.
“No problem,” you tell yourself because you’ve got a backup of your server’s hard drive. But, you discover that your backup wasn’t completed, and so you’ve only got some data.
With cloud storage, if a server goes down for whatever reason, a backup system will take over. That means your data won’t disappear forever!
You can access your data from anywhere
The trouble with in-house servers is that access is rather limited. Sure, all your files are quick and easy to access within the local area network. But, what if you want to open a file from a remote location? You’re limited to the speed of your office’s Internet connection.
And if there are connection issues, you can’t sort them out until you get back into the office. Cloud service providers ensure that your data is always accessible. They always have technicians on hand to diagnose and fix any connection issues.
You’ll save a lot of money
Servers, to all intents and purposes, are just like “normal” PCs. They work in a similar way, and can get used the same as standard desktops and laptops.
The only trouble is server hardware costs more to buy and maintain. If you want to save your business some money, cloud data storage offers real value for money. You don’t have to pay for any server hardware for a start. And the ongoing fees you do pay are small!
You don’t have to worry about disk space
One headache for IT administrators is disk space. In-house servers are all limited to the size of the storage drives they have installed. When you opt for cloud storage, you don’t have to worry about disk space limits.
Cloud storage services are scalable. So, if you are about to reach your disk space quota, you’ll just get upgraded to the next tier in your price plan.
Your data is more secure with a cloud storage provider
Believe it or not, your data is vulnerable in the office. It’s likely you won’t have many security measures in place to protect your data. The brilliant thing about data centres is they provide both physical and virtual security.
So, when will you make the move to cloud storage?