Cloud Storage, The New Standard
Cloud storage is becoming the new standard for file sharing and storing among companies and corporations. There are a variety of different options available so it may be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to deciding which model is the best fit for your company. No two clouds in the sky are the same, and this can also be said for cloud storage systems.
There are four main types of storage clouds: public, community, private and hybrid.
Public clouds are just that; they are available to anyone and use a main company to organize the services for them. The perfect example of this would be the original creator of the cloud, Amazon.com
Community clouds are infrastructures that are shared by several different groups that share a common ground or concern. School districts use community clouds store much of their information, and tend to focus more on the security aspect of storage. These clouds are usually monitored by an outside third party and may or may not be contained on the school grounds.
Private clouds are ones that are created for one specific group or organization and can be managed by someone within that group or by an outside party on or off the premises.
Hybrid clouds are infrastructures that combine two or more of the above types of clouds and are unique but still use the same standards that have been set in place. Hybrid clouds allow users to easily convert data from public to private or vice versa and share among the different types located within the hybrid.
Choosing the best cloud storage company for your situation requires you to figure out just what your needs are. Here are some things to take into consideration in deciding this:
How much storage space will you need in 3 years?
Can you afford it if costs go up?
If you decide to changes service providers, you risk losing some or all data during the shift.
What type of information is stored, and how often is it accessed?
Email tends to be the most common, and can take up a large amount of space. There are certain companies dedicated to just this aspect of it.
What type of security measures do you require?
The size of your company now and what it may potentially be a few years down the road should also be considered. As the number of employees’ increases, so does the amount of security measures that need to be put into place to lower the risk of corrupted data. Check and see what each cloud storage provider can offer you in terms of security, as well as flexibility to your contract (if there is one) in adding storage space and features as your company grows. You should also see if there is a limit on how often you can access the data each month. The most important thing to keep in mind, when deciding on whom to go with, is not where you are now but where you plan on being in the future. What you may not see as a necessary feature now may become pertinent by next year.