Our computer repairs Chief Mobile Geek is a big fan of cloud storage. For those who don’t know what cloud storage is, you can think of it as virtual storage space, where multiple servers are used to store data and these servers are generally hosted by third parties.
As with anything in life, there are pros and cons for cloud storage. Here, we’ll base these pros and cons on cloud storage for business. Lets start with the disadvantages.
– the process of backing up can be slower than other methods such as disk and tape
– technical issues – even though you can access data anytime from anywhere, service providers will run into technical issues at some point
– security – you may not be comfortable knowing that your secure data will be surrendered to a third party service provider. This is where it is important to do your research to ensure that you choose a reliable provider. Also keep in mind, on the same topic of security, your company could be prone to attack because as we all know, the Internet is not 100% secure.
Now for some advantages:
– cloud storage is cost efficient! Since you are essentially renting space on a server, you do not have to pay for the hardware used to store it. Plus, many of these companies are just starting out and offer great sales. The lowest priced cloud storage gets even cheaper with flexible payment options – such as pay as you go and upfront payment.
– you don’t need to worry about running out of storage space – you’ll have access to almost unlimited storage space.
– it is simple to back up and recover data
– you can access data anytime from anywhere
If you’re looking for a cloud storage provider, here are a few with good reviews:
– iCloud – mainly used for backing up iPhones and iPads
– Dropbox – really simple to use and one of the most versatile ones around
– Google Drive – competitively priced and it’s Google – what more do we need to say!
Our computer repairs Mobile Geeks suggest that you use another form of backup with cloud storage as you can never be too safe.