In today’s modern world, you no longer need to keep your business data onsite. Now you can keep it in the “cloud” — that is, on external servers accessible over the Internet. This provides your business with a whole slew of benefits that can make you more efficient and profitable. Today we are going to discuss some of the benefits you may not have thought about.
You Can Access Data from Just About Anywhere
When your data is in the cloud, your employees, partners and clients can access it from anywhere there is Internet access. Your employees can work from home, they can work in remote branch offices or at client sites — they can even work in coffee shops. They can also work outside normal business hours. No matter where they are, they can function as if they were at their desks.
What’s more, with cloud data you no longer have to email large attachments in-house or to clients. You simply provide a link to the file in the cloud.
You Don’t Need To Maintain File Servers
With your data stored in the cloud, you don’t need to buy and maintain expensive file servers. Nor do you have to employ even more expensive IT personnel to manage them. Depending on the size of your business, you could save tens of thousands to even hundreds of thousands of dollars per year by storing your data online in the cloud.
Having your data in the cloud means that you never have to worry about your file servers going down. Quality cloud services provide guaranteed uptimes, using mechanisms such as redundancy, which would cost you a fortune to implement yourself.
Adding and Moving Locations Is Hassle Free
If you have to open a new office or move an existing one, having your data on the cloud makes it easy. There are no computers to move, and there is no downtime. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about mishaps during moves that might result in data loss.
Easy Data Backups
When you keep your data onsite, backing it up can be a real hassle. Someone has to manage the process, and you to safely store the backup media somewhere. But when your data is in the cloud, this is all taken care of for you. You can even backup your data to multiple clouds, just to be on the safe side.
Nobody wants to be a victim of a cyberattack, but if your files are safely stored on the cloud at least you know you can restore your valuable data. Just make sure you keep multiple versions of your files on the cloud in case an attack encrypts your data.
If your company uses different types of computers, such as Macs and Windows PCs, having your data in the cloud makes it real easy to support all of them. Since you access data through a web browser, everyone can access it, regardless of what type of computer or device they are using.