Pros & cons of cloud storage
Being able to store your data in the cloud is probably one of the best decisions your company (or you) will make. It provides a host of benefits, but if managed inefficiently, can also lead to some negative experiences.
Here are the pros and cons of using cloud storage:
#1 - Disaster recovery
If using a cloud storage service, you don't have to stress anywhere near as much about things going missing. In the cloud, your data and files are constantly being backed up and stored in multiple data centres, thousands of miles from your location. This means there will always be file history that you can go back to. In the worst case scenario, you might be looking at 15-20 minutes of work lost, which isn't that big of a loss.
#2 Remotely accessing data
With the cloud, your data can be accessed from anywhere. If you're not at your PC, you can still login to the cloud platform and access the files you need. This integration allows businesses to work from home, as well as work efficiently while on the road vs in the office. Your staff can collaborate and make live changes from multiple devices, without having to share their screens or use a third party remote access software.
#3 Price and scalability
Cloud storage is for sure a cost-effective solution for any business. You only pay for the monthly fee, and the amount of storage you expect to utilise. There's no need to invest in data infrastructure, as that is all managed off-premise in those remote data centres. Businesses can easily scale up or down depending on demand, and storage options generally go into the single digits per user each month - More like pennies for a lot of SMEs.
#1 Control issues
As a business, it is reassuring to have full control over areas of your operations. With cloud storage, an element of control is lost, as your data is managed by a company off-site, who you don't know. Typically for larger businesses, not having the necessary controls can mean large pools of data can take a long time to be updated, migrated or shared between the organisation, simply because the cloud provider is unable to service them efficiently enough.
#2 Internet connection problems
Although WIFI and 4G (or even 5G too) is widely accessible, there can still be times when it goes down, or you are too far away from a connection. When things go down, nothing can be accessed, or at least, nothing can be saved and synced, to allow everyone else to view your changes to data and files. This downtime just adds stress to those companies who rely on files that are hosted in the cloud, as opposed to being stored locally or on portable USB drives.
#3 Security and privacy
Data protection is essential to keep your business in a good light, unfortunately, data leaks occur - Cloud storage providers are one of the biggest culprits, so those who get data leaked may be painted in a bad light, as thousands, or even millions of people's personal information can be stolen from unanticipated errors and glitches in the cloud servers.
Cloud storage will always be better than relying on local storage, but you have to be able to give away some control, and keep your data confidential (Deleting after a certain number of days etc). Storing into the cloud is great for scalability, cost-savings, and collaboration between your staff (and customers!).
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