June 8, 2016
Not that many people are comfortable with the idea of cloud storage, yet when it comes to backing up the data that a business has, it is considered a necessity nowadays. This is because of the fact that having your data backed up and stored in the cloud lowers your data storage costs. Instead of buying servers that can help with data storage and backups, a company can opt for a lower costing yet efficient choice, and that is the cloud.
How does the cloud reduce costs in terms of storage? Well, for starters, as mentioned earlier, you don’t have to purchase the servers required for storing and backing up your data. Apart from this, you also won’t have to shoulder the cost of the maintenance that comes with owning these physical storage units for your company’s needs. The cost savings does not end there, since aside from reducing costs in terms of purchases and maintenance needs, you also reduce the need for additional personnel to handle these servers for you.
When you choose to use the cloud for your backup storage needs, you will get an all-inclusive deal that includes maintenance, and this includes the people who take care of the shared servers that house your data. You also help reduce overhead costs by removing the need to pay for more electricity since you won’t be using physical servers for your data storage needs at your facility.
Also worth noting is that, since these servers are shared, you basically just pay for what you use. No set price for storage that you don’t even end up utilizing. This means that your storage needs can be expanded or reduced as needed. Have more data to store and backup? You can increase your storage space subscription. Reducing your storage needs? You can scale your plan back down.
Aside from the reduced costs, you should also be aware that having your data backed up elsewhere helps with your continuity needs. Disaster can strike at any time, and if you have all of your data and business information stored in just one area, you may see your business suffer when problems like natural calamities strike. It is just like putting all your eggs in one basket. Should the basket fall, all your eggs will be broken. If you divide your eggs into a couple baskets however, you can be sure that you will have a batch of eggs that are safe and intact should one basket fall.
Another thing that you will notice when you use the cloud for your data is that your company can afford to be flexible. Telecommuting becomes a possibility. Traveling and working at the same time is no longer impossible. And you can do this while your data is safe and secure. This is because, even while the service is shared, encryption for your specific data ensures that only you and those you authorize can access what you store in the cloud. It is kind-of like having one locker in a bank of lockers, and only you and a select number of people have the key to it.
In the end, whatever reservations you may have for not considering using the cloud is definitely outweighed by the many benefits you get from using it. You get a cost-effective data storage system, you have business continuity covered, and you can be sure that your data is secure.