Well, as you continue to grow your business, you’ll certainly be hearing more and more about cloud management, or cloud storage, as some may call it.
Because as your business grows, so will your needs. Maybe you need to be more mobile. Maybe you need more storage. Maybe you need flexibility to keep up with clients and competitors. The most probable situation is that all of these will eventually be the case, and that is where cloud storage makes its mark on the business world.
The benefits of cloud management are many, and as the technology has evolved over the last few years, the drawbacks to the strategy have become fewer and fewer. First, we’ll take a look at cost effectiveness.
1. The Cloud is Cost Effective
If you own a small- to medium-sized business, chances are you don’t have the space in your office to keep adding servers to keep up with your data needs. I’ve had many clients and business owners tell me that they had added an extension or bought extra office space so they could house extra servers for their data needs. This is unnecessary on the cloud.
With cloud management, you won’t need to add extra space. You won’t even need to get extra servers, which can cost thousands of dollars (hundreds of thousands of dollars, even, depending on your needs). As you probably know, servers are extremely expensive, not only to install, but to maintain, as well. With the cloud, you only pay for the storage you need, and as business growth is dependent on so many variables, this gives you the flexibility to add storage as you need it, not when storage space dictates a new server addition.
2. The Cloud is Flexible
Flexibility… we all want it. Businesses especially want it if they want to get a leg up on the competition, keep up with the demands of clients, etc. Using cloud management allows you to access files from anywhere, at any time. But not only can you access these files at any time, you can also share them whenever you like,as well, which allows complete flexibility for those clients that change their mind on presentations every five minutes…
3. The Cloud is About Storage
I noted earlier that cloud management is a great way to enhance your data storage. Well, not only does it help avoid costly expenses on servers and the like, it also gives you long-term solutions to data storage needs.
Every company has data they need to save for the long term. Cloud management gives businesses the ability to save this data away from the serves, thus giving your company more freedom to save for the short-term, in-house. And it’s here that the cloud is best used, as a long-term archive for older projects or documents.
It’s also brilliant for backup storage or as a disaster recovery system.
Businesses around the world, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses like yours, are on board. As the technology evolves, though, how companies are using cloud management evolves, and with each click of the mouse, you’ll have new reasons of your own to give the cloud a try.