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5 Advantages of Cloud Storage for Businesses

by Adam Ramberg on December 4

Cloud service and storage providers offer valuable IT solutions for businesses of all sizes. Steve Knutson, Marco CTO, said, “From storage to software to security, cloud services are taking over almost every aspect of technology.” (Tweet this) Many businesses can benefit from comprehensive cloud services – hosted applications, Infrastructure as a Service and more – but the transition often begins with data storage needs.

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Many people are utilizing the benefits of the cloud for personal reasons, but most businesses have yet to take the leap. Whether your current on-premise data storage seems sufficient or you simply haven’t taken time to consider cloud storage, reviewing these advantages of cloud storage is a good place to start.

#1 – Cost Savings

The first benefit, and perhaps most important in the minds of many business owners, is its cost advantage. Cloud storage is generally more affordable because providers distribute the costs of their infrastructure and services across many businesses. (Tweet this)

The cost of hardware and maintenance are eliminated when you move your business to the cloud. Removing these capital expenditures and the associated service salaries from your technology expense can translate into significant cost savings.

You’ll also want to consider the increased productivity that will result using the following benefits.

#2 – Simplified Convenience

All you will need within your office is a computer and an internet connection. Much of your server hardware will no longer be necessary, not only saving you space, but eliminating the need for maintenance and employee attention. Your cloud storage provider will take over maintaining, managing and supporting your business. This frees up employees tasked with keeping your data safe and your server(s) up and running.

#3 – Enhanced Security

Instead of having hardware within your office, cloud storage is housed in a data center, providing enterprise level security, which is cost prohibitive for most individual businesses. There is also no single point of failure in the cloud because your data is backed up to multiple servers, so if one server crashes, your data is safe because it is stored in other locations. The potential hardware malfunction risk becomes minimal because your data is safely stored in redundant locations.

#4 – Mobility Opportunities

The benefits of mobility the cloud provides are rapidly increasing for businesses of all sizes. In today’s world of connectivity, we are able to work (and play) whenever, wherever. (Tweet this) While you may be at home with a sick child or waiting at the airport for your flight, you can still work – and work efficiently. Before cloud storage came along, working outside the office could be problematic and more time consuming than necessary.  For example, you had to save your files on your laptop and then remember when you return to work to save your updated files to ensure others have access to the latest document.

This example highlights another benefit of the cloud, enabling mobility. If you have multiple devices you work from – i.e. phone, tablet and desktop computer – you won’t have to worry about having the latest file available on each device. The latest update of your document stored in the cloud will be easily accessible from any of your devices because they are saved beyond any local hardware.

#5 – Scalable Service

With cloud storage you pay for what you use, as you use it. (Tweet this) You do not need to anticipate how much storage space you will need for the year and risk paying for unused space or running short. You can adjust the resources available through cloud storage providers and pay based on your current needs and modify as they change. 

These descriptions simply highlight a few (of many) advantages of cloud storage. Continue your exploration of cloud storage and computing by downloading our Cloud Questionnaire:

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