Things to Consider When Choosing an Online File Storage Solution
Online data storage is probably one of those areas of your business you've been meaning to focus on, but perhaps you’ve been unsure where to begin. With the popularity of remote data storage and cloud computing on the rise, now is a great time to find an ideal online file storage solution for your organization.
Here are some things to keep in mind when considering your data storage needs:
How much online file storage space do you need? And how much does each company offer?
A freelance copywriter, for example, may find that a free service from Dropbox, which offers users 2 GB of space, is enough to fulfill her storage needs. A small business with 20 employees and dozens of clients, however, will undoubtedly need more space and, therefore, a larger, enterprise-level solution to handle all its needs.
When it comes to online data security, the provider you choose should offer adequate encryption of all your files to keep them safe as they are transmitted for your use. This is particularly important if you will access your files from networks other than your own (e.g. while on vacation, at home, or from another remote location).
How much storage you will need depends on the size of your company, the type of files you backup, and various other factors. The cost, therefore, will depend on the amount of storage you need. The typical cost of storage in the cloud ranges from $0.15 / GB / month to $0.50 or more.
Also, make sure you understand what all is included in your solution. If there are extra charges for additional features, make sure you are aware of them before signing up.
Ever needed to revert to an older version of a document you’ve saved only to find it has been overwritten and lost forever? Many online storage providers offer the ability to archive multiple versions of one document in case the one version you need to access is a past one.
Make sure you are aware of how often the solution you choose backs up your files. Many companies today provide continuous data backup, which means there’s no need to schedule backups or worry about data being lost between backups.
Research the Provider
Aside from the technical aspects of an online file storage solution, getting to know the company that provides it is paramount. Research everything you can about the company, its management, location, history, and what other users are saying about the company. Find out what types of customer service and support they offer, so you’re not left clueless in the case of an emergency.
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