Believe it or not, company information, data, applications, and file storage, is not being sent to some voluminous ethereal electronic storage-capacity warehouse somewhere in the sky. It is actually being sent to a block shaped plain concrete building in what ever area of the country a cloud company decides to store the data. Most likely, it is a fairly windowless building filled with many hard drives loaded with software, a myriad of data from accounting ledgers to images uploaded to a Facebook page, a variety of servers, infrastructure software, applications, and app development and deployment servers. Today’s cloud users find results for their needs by deciding which company fits their business model best.
Startup companies are the current crop of businesses who desire to put almost all of their eggs in the remote storage basket. It is an economically sound move. Smaller and newly formed companies are taking advantage of off site storage and application usage services. Companies with small staffs have seen the advantage of cloud computing and storage and understand it is not only a money-saving move, it allows for more productive use of employees, and reduces the information technology (IT) cost and maintenance, thus freeing up money for other purposes.
Another major advantage for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) using third-party remote mass storage facilities for almost all of their software, application and storage needs, is the offering of secure data privacy, coupled with technical support. A small company on a tight budget may find itself better positioned if it is not spending money on maintenance of servers, software programs and wondering if employees have hacked into company files for their own purposes. With cloud computing services only those employees who need to know have access to a limited number of company files.
By storing most of its data off-site, companies are able to have more free space on computers, laptops, smartphones and cameras. Another positive aspect of off-site storage is the securing of important data, protected from hacks, leaks or power loss in the event of a disaster. Some electronic-storage companies are initiating complete anonymity with the advent of using a zero knowledge policy of the clients passwords. Results for new remote site-storage users are found in the performance of the company chosen to address their needs.
Although there are security risks in using the cloud, when new companies research third-party mass-storage claims and are satisfied with their data, chosing a service fitting their current needs with an eye on the service’s future prospects a secure connection can be ensured. Researching information electronic-werehouse-type company may be more efficient when a start-up or fairly new company asks serve important questions, many answers can implicate a direction right for them. For example, what is the remote-image storage service ability to scale up with more storage or application facilities? How reliable is the service? Is it easy to use? Is there proper IT support? How consistent is their uptime? Is there support for common or favorite technologies?
When these questions yield positive answers a good fit is often the successful result for both parties. For new companies in the electronic storage-capacity warehouse utility these factors are important to their bottom line. Many companies just starting out need all the capital available to them and having an off-site storage service run the IT aspect is a huge cost cutting measure. Updates of remotely based storage facilities is always available, there is no maintenance, and no down time for stalled or out of sync servers.
Another upside in using an electronic mass-storage service is the upscale aspect; when a need for more space arises, a click of the mouse and a credit card number, ensures more capacity is available in a matter of minutes. 24/7 is a constant with an off-site service. It is always open, ready to exchange data, upload files, or execute a program at any time. Cloud users find their best results when their needs are met quickly and efficiently by the third-party mass-storage vendor. If the third-party vending company is not responding to the current need of the client, there are other options available, usually in the another cloud service.
By Andy Towle