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Technology is evolving by leaps and bounds; companies cannot afford to be left behind in the digital transformation and not be overtaken by their competitors. One of the steps that SMEs must take to improve their productivity is the use of cloud storage.
Cloud computing or cloud services originated in the 1960s with John McCarthy, although some experts also attribute the concept to Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider. This service allows you to access your data or applications at any time, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Depending on your needs, you can access 3 types of cloud storage: public, private and hybrid. What are their differences? What are the advantages of each?
The public cloud allows you to upload information to servers, storage systems and other cloud infrastructures that are maintained and managed by third parties that provide this service. These providers have large Data Centers, where they virtualize resources according to the user’s needs.
The public cloud requires little administrative control; any authorised person can access it. This service, accessible via the Internet, uses the same hardware to store the information of several users, but each user can only see the information that belongs to him.
The private cloud offers very similar services to the public cloud but does so through its own dedicated architecture. It also has better features in terms of security and customisation, and the storage capacities are greater.
The private cloud can be physically located in the company’s own data centre, making it ideal for organisations that need direct control over their environment. It can also be located externally in a provider’s facilities but always with dedicated hardware.
It is an environment that uses the best of both public and private clouds, allowing data and applications to move between the two in a controlled manner. This provides greater flexibility and more options for data deployment.
Using the hybrid cloud, an enterprise can, for example, store confidential information in a private cloud and in turn leverage the computing resources of a managed public cloud.
Many of your files, applications or backups are probably stored on external drives to free up memory on your computers. But what would happen if those drives were to be broken or lost?
These are some of the benefits that are being obtained by SMEs that have opted to host their data and tools in the cloud.
One of the major concerns of companies hosting their data and tools is cyber security. However, there is no reason for unrest as some providers offer a wide range of security services in the cloud, such as:
- Mitigation of denial of service attacks (DoS or DDoS)
- Security policy analysis.
- Continuous monitoring of threats.
- Compliance with regulatory and confidentiality standards.
Before contracting Cloud services for your business, remember to analyse the providers’ expertise with cyber security and the measures they extend to their cloud solutions.
2: Peace of mind
The data and tools are available, safe and secure at all times. To this end, providers use high-availability or backup services. In this way, they manage not to interrupt the work at any time and prevent a possible cut from leaving your staff with their hands crossed.
3: Accessibility from anywhere
Did you know that one of the main leaks of confidential information from organizations is through lost pendrives or laptops? With Cloud Computing, forget about saving the documents you are working on in a memory, rewriting the files every time you arrive at the office or creating duplicates or triplicates of the same Word or Excel.
Through the cloud services you will be able to access your data and tools from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection. It doesn’t matter if you are travelling, in another branch of your company, or if you want to work in a quieter place: you will always be able to access your content.
4: Multi-platform service
Thanks to the Cloud computing services you will be able to access information from any device, be it a mobile phone, tablet, computer… even your watch!
5: Speed and synchronisation
Cloud services transport information from one place to another at high speeds, so there are no problems with synchronising your data and tools. It all depends on the Internet connection you have at the time. In addition, when you make any changes, the files will be updated on all devices that are connected to the same cloud service. Forget about the confusion generated by different versions of the same file or that some people on your team are working on outdated documents.
Data recovery is undoubtedly one of the greatest advantages of using Cloud computing services. Whether due to a cyber attack, carelessness or bad luck, a problem in some computer or in some external storage unit can make you lose important data for your organization. This does not happen in the cloud, because your servers are continuously backed up and it is easier to be able to recover your information.
7: Scalable storage
Pendrives or external hard disks of different capacities, memory extensions for desktop computers… Who hasn’t ever come across a device with a lack of storage space? Would the same thing happen with cloud service? No, since the storage space in the Cloud can be modified as required.
Cloud computing is a secure, scalable and profitable tool. It will fit like a glove with your organisation, especially if you opt for customised solutions. Take the plunge!