These days, with many businesses opting for a remote workforce, there is more need than ever for a storage solution that will allow for effective, efficient and secure data management and file sharing. After all, companies need to ensure that day-to-day operations are smooth and easy, and that their employees have access to the documents that they need no matter where they are in the world, or what device they may be using. This is where cloud storage comes in.
Cloud storage is a reliable, secure computing service model where data is stored at a centralised remote data centre, and can be accessed by authorised users anytime, from anywhere, via the Internet or a dedicated private network connection.
Not only is data stored in the cloud safe from unauthorised access, cloud storage systems also maintain multiple data backups to eliminate the chances of data loss, and make data recovery easy should it need to be transferred to a different platform, infrastructure, or location. This ensures that there is no downtime, and that work can continue with uncompromised, or even increased, efficiency.
With an efficient cloud storage service, you can reduce on-premises IT infrastructure expenses and ensure that all the data and media files necessary for operation are accessible on any device from anywhere in the world. Your cloud service provider will host, manage, and maintain servers, along with all other corresponding infrastructure, to ensure that your business’ data and files are safe from cyber threats, while remaining accessible to you whenever you need it.
While many companies offer cloud storage buying solutions, connecting with Solid Systems will not only ensure that you get excellent service, but will allow you to discuss your existing IT infrastructure to get the best cloud storage solution for your business.
By now, you may have realised that cloud storage is the perfect solution to your business’ data management needs, but the journey is hardly over. There are a wide range of cloud storage solutions available to suit any company’s requirements, including their budget, volume and security considerations, as well as any regional regulations that may apply to them.
Cloud storage data can be maintained through virtual machines that are hosted on physical servers located in one or more data centres around the globe. Your data can be stored across multiple servers to eliminate the chances of outage during maintenance, ensuring that you never suffer any downtime. You can also choose a solution according to the volume of data that you need to store, and should you find yourself needing more storage than expected, new virtual machines can be created to accommodate your usage.
To accommodate these varied needs and more, you’ll find that there are three options to consider when choosing the best cloud storage solution for your business: Public, Private and Hybrid.
Public cloud storage is a subscription-based service where you can store your data in a multi-tenant environment. Multiple businesses would be able to store their data on the same server, allowing their users to access the information they need without compromising their data’s security. Because the environment is shared, the costs involved are shared as well, making this option the best cloud storage solution for startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as it is the most cost effective. Transaction charges are based on a pay-as-you-go model, where you are billed according to how much storage space you use, and how often.
Private cloud storage provides you with a dedicated server managed and controlled on-premises, under your own company’s firewalls. It would generally be managed by an in-house IT team; however, you could also consider vendor services to manage the dedicated server. As it is a more cost-intensive process, this solution is recommended for businesses that need complete control over their data and have stringent data security, regulatory, and customisation requirements. Banks, ecommerce giants, and multinational companies mostly use private cloud storage to manage and sync their data across the various countries they operate from.
Hybrid cloud storage combines the Public and Private cloud storage solutions. An organisation can choose to store their structured and sensitive data on private cloud servers, and store the remainder of their data on public cloud servers. IT professionals can integrate both storage systems for seamless data access through proper authentication methods. Hybrid cloud storage helps manage sudden increases in data volume through cloud bursting by storing data on external public networks. This option saves costs by eliminating the need to build an additional in-house cloud storage facility.
Businesses are constantly changing, and their productivity toolsets need to be versatile to fit with evolving business demands. This is why Microsoft 365 is constantly updating the features that they offer to meet those evolving needs. Here are just a few of the features that any Microsoft 365 plan includes:
Cloud storage solutions feature built-in version control, making it easy to sync data, and preventing data duplication. This makes collaboration among remote team members more efficient, as they will be able to work on the same documents without the need to keep track of shared files and attachments.
Global businesses today need to comply with regulations laid down by the countries that they have a presence in, and this will often require safe and secure data storage across a number of regions, particularly if they have staff based around the world.. Thankfully, cloud vendors like Solid Systems offer storage solutions that cater to all geographies, ensuring that you meet the necessary compliance requirements.
At Solid Systems, we pride ourselves on providing out-of-the-box solutions to fit your company’s needs, which is why we offer a range of cloud storage services.
Azure File Storage solutions offer secure, durable, scalable and compliant cloud data storage. They are fully managed file-sharing systems on a cloud platform, which can be accessed through an industry-standard Network File System (NFS) protocol or Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Migrate your on-premises data to Azure without managing the file server virtual machines, and access it from Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Azure File Sync on Windows Servers also allows your Azure data to be cached, making it quickly accessible.
Azure’s Binary Large Objects (Blob) Storage helps you store a large amount of unstructured data, including images, documents, videos and even backlog files.
With Solid Systems’ cloud storage Microsoft services, you can use a single online dashboard to manage cloud backup facilities for servers and computers. You will never need to worry about data access or team collaboration as you will be able to schedule backups, check their statuses, or recover data from sources like OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft 365 Exchange, Workstations, and both physical and virtual servers.
Customisation is one of the areas where Microsoft Teams excels. Your teams can tailor the software to meet their unique requirements, and the range and availability of tools means that you’ll never run out of options. While Microsoft Bot Framework and Exchange’s Connector model give you ample room for customisation, it’s just as easy to add apps from other cloud providers as well, with only a couple of mouse clicks.
As a Microsoft Gold Certified organisation, Solid Systems is perfectly placed to help with your cloud storage needs. We’re just a click away, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
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