What to Look for When Selecting a Cloud Storage Service

May 16, 2016

11:45 am

Cloud storage is very useful for businesses, especially when looking at small- to medium-sized companies. When this technology first appeared, we only had virtual storage folders that were used to create backups. Now, however, the spectrum is much different.

Currently, it’s not strange for a startup to migrate to the cloud because of the various technologies that have become available since, which includes, but is not limited to, the following below. When selecting a cloud storage service, look into teach of the features:

File Versioning

File versioning means that you can work directly on the cloud, allowing team members to work online from anywhere. Unlike what happens with services like Google Docs, with providers such as DataPerk, files stored on the cloud are not overwritten; instead, multiple file versions are saved, and they can be retrieved if needed.

Auto Sync

Such a capability is really important for a business that depends on cloud storage. Automatic sync means that files will be updated on the cloud in order to reflect edits made in real time. Again, not all cloud storage services offer this functionality, but it’s very useful, saving both time and headaches.

File Encryption and Security

This is definitely one of the most important things that a company should consider when looking for a cloud storage service. Security is vital and the privacy of a company’s data should never be compromised. Always be sure that the chosen service will encrypt data, as well as providing additional protection such as passwords.

With all these features in mind, it is really important to do a comprehensive analysis of what each cloud storage provider offers. As time passes, more features appear and are included in cloud packages, so you want to be sure that you get exactly what you need.

Currently there are several cloud storage platforms that offer limited data amounts for cheap prices, with a progressive price as scaling happens. Other platforms will offer expensive rates but the bigger plans will be available at lower rates – generally speaking, 1 TB of cloud storage space can cost a minimum of $250 per year. The appropriate choice needs to be based on scalability, since this is what can help you keep growing at affordable prices.

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25 y/o, born and living in Portugal. Majored in Biology, but tech and computers were always a passion. Wrote for sites like Windows.Appstorm and MakeTechEasier.

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