Looking to update your business’s data storage solutions?For the modern business,there are a number of cloud storage options available depending on your capacity requirements, access needs, and technological know-how. The need for additional storage, backup, and even software services will also mean that you need to ensure that you invest in the most appropriate and most beneficial option for your business. What’s more, if this is your first foray into the world of cloud storage, then you should spend some time learning about the basics.
Cloud storage can actually take a number of forms, and the options have become more confusing with the increase in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) options that are also available. However, arguably the most commonly used meaning of the term cloud storage is that of cloud backup or cloud archiving. In this instance, users can back up the content of folders and files to a remote data centre, and some of the more advanced accounts enable timed backups, file sharing, the use of collaborative tools, and file hosting.
The amount of storage capacity that you require will depend on what you want to backup or store. Personal accounts tend to offer storage of around 5MB, but industrial and commercial accounts can offer 5TB or more (read this post if you need help determining how much storage space you need). Considering some companies like the New York Times, which collects a massive amount of data, use cloud storage, it is obvious that there are capacity options out there to suit all requirements.
You must ensure that the service you use is secure, especially if you are signing up for a remote disaster recovery service. This typically means that you will remotely store all of your files and folders, including those that are filled with sensitive data. Check the references of the company that you use, ensure that they follow best practices regarding security, and determine the procedure for recovering data. If you have to jump through hoops and the process is long and convoluted, then it may be best looking elsewhere for your disaster recovery.
How you access the data and files that you store is an important consideration in other respects too. Login details need to be encrypted and fully secure, and in most cases you won’t want to share the data with all but those who need access, but some companies use cloud storage and computing to aid in the collaborative process for remote and external workers. Ensure access is simple, and ask for a demonstration or specific details of how data is accessed before you sign up.
Cloud storage is convenient, flexible, and customisable to your needs. Ensure you choose a service that is appropriate for your needs, get the amount of storage you require, and that you use a reputable and secure service.