Cloud Storage: What Are Its Real Benefits?
In continuation with our previous topic on the use of back-up for your important data, here is an additional information for you guys if you decide to avail the services of a cloud storage or to others popularly knows as “cloud computing”.
First, let us discuss what cloud storage means? Cloud storage is a type of back-up alternative wherein data and other vital information are saved and stored in the “cloud” or in an extended server other than the computer itself. In general it is an online back-up where the service is provided by a 3rd party—the Cloud Storage company who facilitates the storing and backing up of data on servers and making sure that data is readily available through the internet. Since, the provider is a 3rd party, your data can be stored anywhere and it doesn’t need to be in one area or site only.
Here are 6 advantages of the use of Cloud storage:
1. Affordable data storage packages
If you will avail the services of a Cloud storage provider, you don’t need to purchase other hardware or equipment in saving your data. This would mean more savings on your part while at the same time giving you more options of back-up plans to choose from the many affordable storage packages being presented to you. Assess your individual storage needs and from there get a subscription plan within your budget. Most of these cloud computing services even offer upgrades in events your data storage needs grow.
Installing the software system being provided by the storage provider is hassle-free, meaning you can easily install it without any difficulty and once you have successfully set it up, no more maintenance or worries on your part. Your data or files are automatically backed-up online.
3. Quick accessibility
Data is stored anywhere, so wherever you go, you can quickly have access for your data back-up as long as there is a reliable internet connection in your particular location, since storing of data is cloud-based.
4. Availability of many cloud computing providers for your selection
In today’s digital age wherein most of us are always on the go, mobility in our work is very vital and the availability of many cloud computing providers for our selection is very helpful in the growing demands of our work. We have wider choices now because a lot of these providers are offering affordable options to their clients.
5. Wide multi-platform assistance
There are users who don’t only use Windows. Some make use of Linux or Apple and with this concern in the minds of the cloud storage services they are now giving full assistance to any of these operating systems while some even offer browser-based interfaces to guarantee that all of these platforms are supported.
Although, there are still apprehensions about the percentage of security of these cloud storage providers, some have come up with the idea of giving added information to their clients on how to encrypt their data before they are saved in the cloud, so that clients can be safer in using this type of data back-up.
I do hope this topic helped in finalizing your decisions with regards on how you will secure your data, either with the use of this popular cloud computing service or still apply the traditional method of saving data. Weigh all the possibilities and if the benefits outnumbered the disadvantages, then, I see no point in preventing yourself from trying this latest storage alternative. Create a hassle-free environment in your freelance work or business by giving cloud computing a test drive.