Why you should get your head – and business – into the Cloud

Cloud storage will revolutionise your business and save you heaps of money. Intrigued? Read on to understand what cloud storage actually means and figure out which cloud storage option is the best choice for your business.

What does Cloud storage mean and how does it work?

Cloud storage means you can focus on what you do best. Your productivity will go up, and your costs will go down.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you’ve probably already used the Cloud quite a bit. Webmail clients like Gmail and Hotmail, media sharing services like Flickr, Instagram and YouTube, and online banking are all cloud-based.

Back in the day, companies had to purchase computing infrastructure based on what they assumed they’d need in the near future. But it was always better to over-estimate rather than under-estimate, so extra equipment (which was expensive) would be bought and sit there unused. Then there was the cost of servers, bandwidth, power, cooling, office space, plus experts needed to configure and run these important computing systems.

Now, your data can be stored safely in the Cloud and accessed through the internet, rather than having a physical server in your office. Cloud storage is super flexible, and you only ever pay for what you’ve actually used. You can scale up or down day-to-day. Cool, huh?

So you can now put that extra office space to good use. If you’ve always wanted a pool table in the break-out room… now you can have it!

How safe is the Cloud?

Hooble take security very seriously. If you’re not afraid of techie jargon… Hooble provide a range of firewall options, plus mobile user authentication for all data services and 2-factor authentication. Then there’s site-to-site VPN tunnels and of course, good old antivirus protection.

We honestly can’t vouch for every provider, but with Hooble’s cloud storage, there’s no compromise on security. Your data will be easily accessible by only the people you authorise, via secure VPNs.

Hooble can send you login details and instructions on how to gain authorisation to your secure Cloud system. It’s simple for authorised users to access your data, but unauthorised people are kept firmly out of your system.

If you have any questions about this just drop us a line!

Which is best – free vs paid Cloud storage?

You’d be surprised how much free cloud storage you can get these days. Free cloud storage providers will generally give you 2 to 15GB of space, depending on the provider. Over time, most people reach a point where this space is no longer enough, and you’d then pay to upgrade your storage space to meet your needs.

What’s great about free Cloud storage?

These storage solutions can be used for personal as well as business storage. There’s no pressure to upgrade from free cloud storage, if the storage space is enough for you and the speed is okay.

Free accounts are brill if you only need to store or back up small files such word documents or small photos. They’re also ideal for individuals who want to share files that are a little too large to email.

What’s not so great about free Cloud storage?

Free cloud storage usually has limited upload and download speeds and could slow your business down. Also, free storage accounts will usually only backup one system, which isn’t ideal for business use.
If you’re storing lots of data and large files you’ll need to pay for the right level of cloud storage. This comes with dedicated customer support, faster speeds, and even better security for your sensitive information. You’ll get reliable backups included with paid cloud storage too.

Which is the best Cloud storage?

You know how awesome cloud storage is now, but you’ll need to decide on the best cloud storage provider for your needs. There’s a heap of different options, and choosing a provider can feel like embarking on a wild goose chase. You’ve got to trust that your data will be safe and sound, especially for business use. And you gotta have the right amount of storage space and bandwidth.

Depending on who you ask, people might recommend Google Drive, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, SpiderOak and loads of others as the best cloud storage providers in 2019. Many of these are fine for personal use, but if you’re going to be using cloud storage professionally for your business, your cloud storage HAS to meet your business needs.

Hooble’s cloud storage is customised around your business and tailored to you. So it’s a no-brainer.

Give us a call to chat about what you need and want.