Cloud Storage for Businesses

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Millions of people use the internet everyday, and surely a good percentage of this internet populace are already using cloud storage (even some might not be aware that its cloud, they know the idea). If this is a need for any typical individual, storage is even a bigger necessity for businesses, with various files and documents being created by a number of employees everyday.

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This makes cloud storage a perfect tool for businesses. While over the years, there are hardware for businesses to store data, it is now becoming hard to manage due to the continuous increase in data and file sizes that businesses need to secure. Physical storage devices – especially data centers or server rooms – can consume a lot of space for a business office. And for smaller businesses, this is even costly to own and maintain.

Why Opt for Cloud Storage?

This is why cloud storage has become a game-changer for businesses. It fits perfectly to any business need: it’s cheap, easy to manage, and promotes collaboration.

Today, there are a good number of cloud storage providers that focus on the needs of businesses, small or large. Cloud service providers lets businesses work on a specific capacity that’s needed by the company. This means, as a business, you don’t need to overspend on capacity you don’t need at the moment. When you need more storage capacity, you can scale it up instantly.

It’s also easier to manage, unlike data centers, which need IT guys to look over the physical hardware and maintain it, cloud is like a plug-and-play solution for your business. Once your business signs-up for it, you can start using it without much difficulty.

Since cloud storage will work as your company’s database, it’s easy to share files and collaborate in different tasks. But apart from this function, cloud service providers also allows you to filter access. This means, you can determine who can access what files.

Addressing security

Because cloud storage is on the internet, it may sometimes feel that your files are just floating somewhere in the virtual space. Most businesses like the idea that their data is on-premisis – meaning stored within the confinements of their office space. This have already led to hesitations from different business to go into the cloud storage bandwagon. Businesses worry that their confidential data might be at risk, or easily accessible to others, especially intruders. But this is where private cloud comes in.

A private cloud is a more secure, enterprise-grade cloud storage wherein your files are kept safe within your own corporate firewall and can be managed by your own IT. Businesses can also opt for a mix of public cloud (the regular setup of cloud storage) and private cloud, which is more known as the hybrid cloud.

Whatever type of cloud service your business plans to get into, knowledge is key to getting the right service. There are already a lot of cloud storage providers out there. It’s important to look into the features and see which provider best fit your needs as a company.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Cloud Storage for Businesses was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: July 30th, 2016
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