Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider
Technically, file storage on the Internet has been around for a long time. FTP servers are not exactly new technology. But it’s only in the last several years that the idea of cloud storage has really taken off, with new services providing ease of use and good integration with desktop and mobile systems. If you haven’t used cloud storage to store and transfer your files, you may be surprised at how much easier it is than emailing files constantly or using a USB drive to carry files around.
You can choose any of the top providers and probably have good storage at a decent price. But to find a good cloud storage solution for you personally, you may want to consider your needs more closely and find the provider that matches up.
Personal Cloud Storage
Many people have fairly simple cloud storage needs. They want to have access to files wherever they are, or to back up key files online. There are many such services, and the best cloud storage for you may come down to simple differences in look and feel. If you have more significant needs, however, take a closer look at what different services provide. If you work in media production, for instance, and regularly handle large graphical or video files, you may quickly run through the amount of storage offered in most free plans. You may need to look for a paid plan at the outset and compare prices and amount of storage accordingly.
If you want to back up your computer, look into a service that specifically offers mirroring of your entire computer’s hard drive online, so that nothing gets missed. Such services usually run automatically in the background, so that after you set them up you’re automatically protected. If your computer crashes, you can download the entire contents of your old computer to a new one, or you can pick and choose. Many such services also allow you to go in and download a single file from your backup at any time, for instance if you have accidentally deleted something.
Business Cloud Storage
Depending on the nature of your work, you may be able to use a cloud storage system to store files and share them with colleagues or clients. If you intend to use cloud storage for work, you may want to take other factors into account than you do for personal use, such as security. Look for services which offer the best protection, including encryption of your data stored on the service. Also, you may want to give different staff members of a small business access to different folders or files in your cloud storage. Not all services allow this, so look for what kind of permissions and restrictions are available in the services you consider.
If you need to trade files with clients, a cloud storage system can be a great way to handle this. It prevents files from clogging up either your or your clients’ email systems, especially if you need to work with large files. Look for a service with easy-to-use sharing features, so that you can share relevant folders with your clients for easy review and collaboration of your work.