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Cloud Computing

Those of us who do important work, for both the household and the workplace, on a computer know the importance our files can hold. They might be our finances, our school work, or simply the Christmas shopping list all planned out. Either way, we hope to protect them and keep them from corruption as much as we can. Since the early days of home computing we relied on removable disks and drives (remember the Zip Drive?) to backup and store our files to protect against computer crashes and viruses that may corrupt them. Small and large businesses may take this process further, installing local networks with hard drive storage for all the companies’ important files from personnel records to client documents. These systems are generally bulky and require maintenance and in-house personnel to maintain. So with today's technology how do we easily and securely manage our files? Maybe the answer is in the clouds.

We hear the term "in the cloud" thrown around a lot these days. It may not really be defined well enough for us to understand. Cloud computing generally refers to several different servers strung together that provide as much storage and computing power as needed for any given service, and scales up and down as those needs change. Picture the clouds in the sky and imagine each one has certain amounts of storage and power. Then imagine your files and online services pulling in and connecting to as many of those clouds as it needs. That is what cloud computing simply is.

Now we will talk about "cloud storage" specifically and what it can mean for our file storing needs. There distinct advantages to cloud storage that may fit your needs so let us look at each one:

  • File Protection - Cloud storage comes with an added layer of protection for your files that your home computer may not provide. Frequent backups and monitoring occur on cloud storage services that you can't get with local storage
  • Low Cost - While flash drives and external storage can be pricey at times, cloud storage can come at little to no cost. Free services such as Google Drive and Dropbox have free options while the pay options can cost only $50 a year.
  • Free Space - Moving your local files from your local machine to cloud storage can clean up valuable free space giving your computer more power and performance.
  • Access - Cloud storage gives you the distinct advantage of accessing your files just about anywhere with an internet connection, whether it be on your Smartphone or tablet as well.
  • Sharing - Cloud storage usually gives you a simple and secure way to rapidly share your files with other people, including channels such as Facebook and Google+.
  • Collaborate - Some services such as Google Drive can give your team the advantage of collaborating on the same document, such as a shared presentation, to improve communication and teamwork within your office.

If some or all of these advantages sound like a good idea for you, it may be time to try cloud storage for your files and documents. If you would like to learn more and receive help with your business storage system call Anttix today at (877) 426-8849 or click here to contact us.