If you have ever lost a USB drive with important data you know that are the loss itself is often more painful than the value of the data. Imagine what would happen if you lost some really valuable and irreplaceable work-related data. Aside from the fact that you lost something you work with and that may affect the entire company, there is always a possibility that someone is going to use the data as a leverage against you or your company. That is the main reason why people resort to storing their business data on cloud instead on physical memory devices.
There Is Space for Everyone
If they want to make the best possible use of cloud services, not only safety-wise but also from the standpoint of cutting the costs, every management must decide how much cloud storage does the company need, and which services should be included in the pack. The current situation is that cloud providers like Google drive offer a certain amount of space for free, while the additional space is charged. If you are starting a small business, those 15GB of space might be sufficient in the beginning. On the other hand, you can always extend the space by buying additional room.
Cloud Is a Nexus for IT Outsourcing
Additional advantage of storing the business data on cloud is that your employees can use it from every part of the world, with the equal level of security and support. When it comes to outsourcing jobs like network engineering, that means that the hired experts can access the company data they need to work with at all times, regardless of the timezone and working hours.
Leap Forward from Licensed Apps
Aside from the possibility of getting rid of your physical memory devices, which could be sold and the part of the investment returned, cloud storage concept is a base for a number of additional services and business apps. Having licenses for every software pack your business is using can deal a severe impact to your company’s budget on annual basis. And the problem with that software is that the versions expire and what is more if they are not used regularly, the license wouldn’t cover the investment.
Money Saving Feature
With cloud, however, you have the option to subscribe and pay for a program or application, use it where you want to and when you want to, until your subscription expires. And if you are not satisfied with the performance you can look for an alternative application, without thinking about the lost investment. This is something called software as service and works great especially with smaller businesses, which often do not have the scope or needs for buying a licensed version of software.
Since its conception, cloud has been one of the fastest growing online business tools, and it is still attracting the users who want seamless operation and fast performance, which are accompanied by financial benefits like saving of software licenses and the possibility of outsourcing.
About the Author
Dan Radak is VPS security specialist. Currently employed as a consultant in a couple of Web Hosting companies. Also, he is a web writer and co-author on several technology websites. In his free time he makes homegrown beer. You can reach him on Twitter.
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