Data storage is an issue that every business will have to face at one point or another. Data accessibility is crucial for efficient operations. However, it can be a challenge to ensure that data is both readily available and secure. Cloud services are the answer to that challenge.
Before the Cloud
Before cloud services were widely in use, businesses historically stored their data on physical storage devices. These storage methods included hard drives, flash drives, and SSD’s. They presented two major challenges.
First, data can be easily lost using these storage methods since equipment is vulnerable to physical damage. Second, data stored on hard drives requires someone to be in close proximity to gain access.
As a result, data silos were a common experience before the cloud. Data often became trapped in the hands of one person or department within an organization.
For this reason, collaboration is much more difficult within businesses that do not use the cloud to store essential data.
Since the concept of the cloud was first popularized over a decade ago, cloud availability has increased and the service cost has dropped considerably.
The use of cloud services is no longer limited to major corporations, but increasingly used by small and mid-sized businesses alike. The new data storage method comes with unquestionable security and accessibility benefits.
There are many occurrences that can pose a threat to data stored locally. To start, there is always a possibility of machine failure, infection, or theft. Additionally, your data becomes vulnerable to natural disaster or accidental occurrences such as a fire or flooding.
Cloud services offer businesses a chance to store data remotely and redundantly. Redundant storage refers to information being stored in at least two locations. This guards against external threats like those mentioned above.
The growth of a business is dependent on ironing out processes that impede daily operations. One major obstruction to operations can be difficulty accessing data.
This obstruction can inhibit employee productivity and lead to wasted resources. For instance, if one department within a business has control of data that could be useful to another department, cloud services help to bridge that gap.
Service & Support
If you are not currently using cloud services to support your business, a managed service provider can give you the support you need to better manage your data. Talk to a Starfish specialist today about the cloud services we offer to provide support to your business.