Thursday, 12 June 2014

How cloud storage can enhance the way you work

Cloud storage has been around for quite some time, and DropBox have led the way with free products that will allow you to store a few gigabytes in the cloud, but, it was only a matter of time before other Tech giants jump on the bandwagon and realise how cloud storage will evolve. 

Times are changing and the ‘big boys’ are starting to realise the value of the cloud, Microsoft Offering Office 365 with OneDrive for Business as there chosen weapon and Google offering Google Apps with Google Drive as there’s… we are now seeing more advertisement and explanation around what the ‘cloud’ can actually do for businesses across the globe, but how many of you know what it can do? Here’s my interpretation on how cloud storage can enhance the way you work. 

Anywhere, anytime on any device… 

It’s as simple as the title suggests, putting your data in the cloud will allow you to access it from pretty much any device, be it your smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop or the new kids on the block people are now calling ‘Phablets’. Hilarious. But seriously, if you need access to your data you’ll have it. Microsoft, Google, DropBox and the other big players all come with Web access, downloadable applications for smartphones and even applications for the desktop so you have that offline copy you need.

The bit where OneDrive for business wins for myself over its competitors is the Office online applications it offers to users, even if you’re on a PC or device that doesn’t have Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) you’ll be able to access these online through the browser, literally giving you no excuse not to get your work done ;).

How many of you lose your work? Lose your memory stick? These questions don’t need to arise with the cloud. Lose your work? Just go and recover it online. Lose your memory stick? Good, you don’t need one anymore. Cloud is the future for most businesses and if it’s not in your plans you may fall behind… 

Who of you use cloud storage? If you do, which product? Share your feedback and make it easier for others who are considering the cloud.

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