Data storage is often the first step into cloud computing for many companies. They have their in-house computing systems and they are happy with them, but they’re outgrowing them. In a move to free up space on their own computers, they opt to move some of their programs, data, and information into the cloud for storage.
Keep in mind that data storage and cloud computing are not the same thing. You can store your data on your own computers, CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives. But that may not be the most efficient use of those assets.
As a company grows, the need for more storage space grows. Do you really want to invest in new computers for storing your data every couple of years? Eventually, you will run out of storage space at your location. What then? Are you going to move into a larger building, pay more rent, pay more overhead? That’s not advisable. It can be less expensive to store your data in the cloud.
Because data storage in the cloud is relatively simple and easy to achieve, many small businesses are now opting for that route. They see the value in taking their historic data and moving it into the cloud. These are typically files that are not accessed often, but that companies want to maintain access to without sacrificing their day-to-day computing assets.
Data storage in the cloud has worked for thousands of other companies. It can work for you too.