Looking to downsize in a tough economy? Look to the cloud first

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Cuts, layoffs, downsizing… these are all markers of a tough economy, and we’ve all certainly seen our fair share of it in the past 12 years.

But businesses have other options. In fact, they have many options when it comes to cutbacks when it comes to IT.

Now, I’m not saying cut your IT team. In fact, it’s the opposite of that. Many businesses still host their data storage on servers that are housed in house or with a contractor. As your data storage needs rise, you have to buy more servers, expand your server room, etc. Guess what? All that is pretty expensive. Really expensive, in fact.

So, rather than splurging for more servers, more office space, and laying off workers, just look to the cloud.

Cloud management has become one of the most popular ways to increase data storage capacity and give employees more access to the files they need, where they need it. So let’s break down the reasons
cloud storage is a viable alternative to cutbacks for your business.

Lower the Cost of Your Data Storage

As I mentioned before, and what is truly at the heart of the matter here, is that cloud storage is cost effective. Extra office space, extra servers, these are all things that are most likely going to be paid for every month in the form of rent or general upkeep. Servers alone can cost thousands of dollars each, which, depending on the needs of your company, can get up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With cloud management you can cut out the extra office space or save it for more employees. On the cloud, you only pay for the storage space you need, which is really helpful for companies that have data surges and data down periods. Also, it’s pretty cheap to get extra storage. For example, Google charges $0.12 for every GB per month from 0 GB to 1 TB (terabyte or 1,000 GB). After that, the more storage you use, the cheaper it gets.

If you’ve already got servers, this is a great opportunity to back up files, as well – especially the important ones.

Be More Flexible

In this ever-changing business environment, flexibility has become the hallmark of successful businesses. Cloud storage gives you flexibility. You can use it to make sure you are always ahead of the competition, give your employees the opportunity to stay on top of clients’ demands, and share them with colleagues
from wherever you happen to be at that moment.

The most important part of cloud storage – and what makes it one of the most appealing options to companies looking to increase their availability and flexibility – is that you can access the files saved on your cloud management system anywhere you are.

Here are a few companies that are leading the cloud storage industry:

  • Verizon Terremark
  • Salesforce.com
  • IBM
  • Linode
  • Rackspace
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Cloud
  • Storage, Storage, Storage

While the cloud is certainly cost effective, it is all about data storage. The cloud gives you long-term data storage solutions.

It’s a great way to store archived projects or older projects, ones that you could easily remove from your server to free up extra space. But it also gives you a great way to store projects for the short-term, and as noted in the previous section, you’ll be able to access these files from wherever you are at that

Many companies are also using a cloud management system as backup storage or disaster recovery system. After all, it never hurts to back up your data.

Genevieve Coates is a freelance technology writer and staff writer for AndGeeks.com. She specializes in IT and telecommunications news and notes, including cloud management.

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