Cloud solutions have proven their value in many different business applications, a major one being the ability to use a cloud service as a storage solution. By doing so, a business can enjoy a few additional advantages as compared to one that relies on more traditional storage solutions. We know there is a plethora of benefits of using cloud solutions and cloud storage. Today we will look at four ways cloud storage can benefit your business We’ll go over these advantages to help you determine if an investment into cloud-based storage is right for your business.
So, How Can Cloud Storage Benefit Your Business?
Cloud Storage is Scalable
What happens when you run out of on-site storage space? Presumably, you need to acquire additional storage space – which will require purchasing another storage solution and adding it to your infrastructure – for considerable costs. You should already have multiple backup locations for data, but that is not necessarily the same as storage. As many businesses have found, this can be a pain.
Alternatively, cloud storage is much easier to manage, as you are typically charged based on your usage rates. This means that you will always have sufficient storage space for your needs, without the hassle that an on-site upgrade entails. You can also tweak it depending on how much you want to spend and how much space you really need. Furthermore, you also need to consider what scaling your on-site solutions really means. Sure, you can add a few hard drives to your infrastructure, but you also need to consider any backups you have maintained and make sure they can support the changes you have made. With a cloud solution, it’s all taken care of for you. We can also help set up and monitor these cloud solutions for you so that you do not have to worry about it.
Cloud Storage Can Help You Optimize Costs
Many people may compare purchasing their own storage hardware to subscribing to a cloud provider’s storage services and assume that making a one-time purchase is ultimately cheaper than a subscription service would be. This is usually not the case, and there are. In a way, it is, however, there are other costs to consider as well.
For instance, maintenance costs. With a cloud service, the service provider takes care of all of the upkeep, updates, and upgrades, incorporating that into the monthly service cost. With an in-house solution, you’re pretty much on your own, which means you have to invest the time into all of these considerations and as they say, time is money.
Cloud Storage is Secure
Put yourself in this position for a moment: you maintain a data center, which contains the data of dozens of companies who pay you in return for space on your infrastructure. With all of this valuable data sitting in your data center, doesn’t it just make sense that you would try hard to keep it safe? Cloud providers feel the same way, which is why you can be pretty certain that their data centers are locked down with enterprise-level security solutions. Cybersecurity should be at the forefront of your decisions.
Cloud Storage is Remote-Friendly
When a business leverages cloud storage, that business is opening the possibility of mobility and remote work to its employees. Remote work is picking up popularity, so this makes cloud storage really attractive. When files and resources are stored in a cloud solution, they can be accessed by an employee when that employee isn’t on the network – something that requires a built-in method to accomplish with network-hosted files.
As a result, you and your staff can use a cloud storage solution to extend potential productivity beyond the confines of the office, with all files updated for anyone who accesses them next.
As you can see, the benefits of utilizing cloud storage extend beyond convenience. We hope this showed how cloud storage can benefit your business. To learn more about cloud solutions and to discuss implementing them in your business, reach out to Symmetric IT Group at (813) 749-0895 and check out our enterprise solutions page.