In the world of today, businesses are increasingly turning to cloud storage as a way of storing their files without taking up an excessive amount of computer memory, as well as for more efficient file sharing among business employees. But the amount of cloud storage required by a particular company varies from one to another and depends on many factors, including the type and size of the business in question and its security needs. In general, small businesses store less data than larger ones and consequently require less cloud space, but as they expand, the need for more space arises. Since the company will be billed for its storage space, it is always important to have just as much as is needed at the moment. This article will be about adding more cloud storage as your business grows bigger.
Which cloud service is the best?
There are many cloud service providers, and which one you choose initially will effect the direction your business takes in the long run. The prices charged by each provider vary, as does the quality and the types of files that can be saved. Apple, for instance, will only allow you to back up files that have been created by iCloud-supported applications.
Security is another important thing to consider, for it is one of the main reasons why companies store data in the cloud in the first place. No cloud service provider offers 100 percent security, but some offer more of it than others. Therefore, when shopping for a provider, take the time find out about the company’s reputation, reading customer reviews to find out about the experiences of those who have previously used their services.
DropBox, Google Drive, ProfitBricks.com, and PogoPlug are among the most commonly used cloud storage programs. They all offer varying amounts of free storage space in addition to that which must be paid for; thus, PogoPlug gives you seven gigabytes of free storage, after which you have to pay $4.95 per month. Besides being used for business purposes, they have found use, for instance, in colleges and universities, where students often place their assignments in DropBox so that their professors can pick them up.
How much cloud storage does my business really need?
This is the next big question. More specifically, what you want to ask is what data you want to keep and what you want to dispose of. ProfitBricks.com cloud computing software offers tools such as PerfMon can help with the capacity planning process. Also use such tools to analyze how fast your data storage needs are growing. There are two basic classes of storage—fast and slow—and the faster is generally more expensive, so adding more slow storage can save money.
Places where capacity can be saved
It is often possible—in fact, strongly recommended—to find ways in which storage space can be saved. In many cases it is just a matter of switching from one provider to another, or to another version of the same, say from RAID 10 to RAID 5.
The more your business grows, the more cloud storage you may need. You should also consider improving the quality of storage, not just the quantity.
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