Most of us have a general understanding of what cloud storage is: an internet hosted storage space. While companies are looking for IT solutions that can accommodate workers on the go or home offices, cloud storage can look really promising- and it is, when done right.
Cloud storage solutions have evolved to become widely accessible. People can easily set up a personal OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Apple iCloud account. However, when looking at solutions for large amounts of data, especially data that is crucial to your company’s operations, you will want to work with an IT professional and setup a business grade solution. Not knowing how a cloud storage solution works, what it provides, or what support it needs can leave companies inefficient or even at risk.
1. Being in the cloud does not equal secure.
The cloud is not innately secure, and it needs additional support to be truly safe and protected from cybercrime. Depending on the provider you go with, security options might be available, but not activated by default. Assuming that your cloud solution is secure leaves you vulnerable. Work with an IT provider to discover safety measures like folder sharing permissions, access links, sharing limits, and log in location. Breached businesses rarely survive; don't be one of them.
2. Your data isn’t automatically saved.
Cloud data storage is effective, but it does not automatically back up your information. It is recommended by cloud storage provides that you utilize a 3rd party back up service. Most cloud data storage solutions have limited data backup support—there's a limit in how far back the backup goes. Most cloud storage solutions automatic backups only go back thirty days. At Agilitec we provide an Agile Cloud Back Up service and recommend it to all our clients with cloud storage Your work is priceless; don't lose it.
3. You can work from anywhere…with a strong connection.
Technically you can access your files with any Wi-Fi connection, but that doesn’t mean you should. For one, public Wi-Fi connections tend to be unstable and slow. Any cloud solution requires a lot of bandwidth and a steady connection to function efficiently. If your connection to the cloud is lagging, your files might not fully sync, and working on collaborative documents can become a challenge. Additionally, you will want your employees to be using a safe and secure WIFI connection when accessing the company data. While evaluating cloud solutions, take into account any updates you might need to make to your company network or home office network policies.
Cloud storage solutions are a powerful tool that can revolutionize how you do business, but just like anything else, you need to do your research. We can help you find the best solution for you or audit your existing solution to ensure it is optimized for your efficiency and safety. Feel free to book a meeting with us. We'd love to get started.