There are many cloud storage systems and services available. Some examples of cloud services include Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Netflix, Yahoo Mail, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.
The advantage of the cloud is that you can access your information on any device with an Internet connection. It’s what allows you to make edits to a file in Google Docs on your home computer, and then pick up where you left off when you get to the office. Colleagues can collaborate on the same document.
Advantages of Cloud Storage
Services like Amazon Cloud Drive lets you store and view your entire photo collection, without fear of maxing out your laptop or smartphone’s internal storage.
Also, since the cloud servers handle much of the computing and storage, you don’t necessarily need an expensive, high-end machine to get your work done. Some companies are making cloud-based computers as a low-cost option for consumers and the education market, Google’s Chromebooks being the prime example.
Disadvantages of Cloud Storage
For businesses, basic loud storage systems like Dropbox can quickly get out of control. Frustrations abound because document management is disregarded and therefore team members can struggle to find documents. We’ve sat in meetings where a client has spent over an hour with other team members trying to pinpoint the location of files needed in Dropbox.
This isn’t a criticism of Dropbox per se, all cloud storage has this drawback if not properly managed.
And of course, with a poor – or no – internet connection you can’t operate.
Security is also a concern – All cloud companies have security measures in place to protect your data from hackers, but they are only as good as your system management and user awareness.
Contact us today to find out now best to deploy your business systems in the cloud.