Odds are your business has LOTS of files and data that it shares with everyone in the company. Some firms use cloud storage products like Dropbox or Google Drive to store and share those files. Others have their own “in house” storage option called a NAS or Network Attached Storage. A NAS is a dedicated space that receives, stores, and sends data over a network. Basically, it is a personal cloud for your business.
Let’s review the pros and cons of a NAS and cloud services so you can make the right choice for your business needs.
With a NAS you have complete control and ownership of your data. No corporate giant has anything to do with your data or risking your privacy. A NAS solution is infinitely scalable. This means you can add additional storage at your own terms. With a NAS you have complete control of your data and how it is stored, backed up, retrieved and deleted. This can be daunting as it does get technical and one wrong move can put your data at risk. So it may be best to hire an IT professional.
Cloud storage is hosted offsite. Meaning that no matter what happens to your physical location, your data is untouched. Cloud storage for business can get pricey. Subscription services are available but to increase your storage capacity usually requires paying more money. Cloud storage is easy. Nearly anyone can create an account and manage permissions and accounts for employees.
Your data is relatively safe in the cloud as hosting companies do a great job of backing up data and using redundant storage. Although it rarely happens, cloud storage services are a high value target for hackers and your information could be at risk.
Ready to migrate your data to the cloud? Or just want to upgrade your existing solutions? Need a dedicated IT department to service all your tech needs?
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