For the past few years, there’s been huge buzz surrounding cloud storage, both for personal and business use. You have most likely already made use of a cloud storage system for your personal documents and files to keep them safe in the unfortunate circumstance that your computer’s hard disk crashes, but using cloud storage for your business is essential in a time when losing data is extremely detrimental to a business or organisation.

Here are five reasons why cloud storage is essential for your business.

1. It is your emergency back-up system when systems fail

It goes without saying that businesses should have a second copy (a third and fourth copy won’t hurt, either) of important files stored somewhere other than on the actual system your business uses. Cloud storage provides the opportunity to store important files in a remote location that can always be accessed via the internet.

2. It saves bandwidth

The internet is increasingly used by businesses for much more than merely having access to the World Wide Web. VoiP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is used for telephone lines, and entire systems use the internet to work. Instead of having to email large files to colleagues or clients, cloud storage enables you to simply send them a link to your cloud storage system, saving bandwidth and time.

3. It’s cheap

Cloud storage has become much more affordable as it has become more widely used. Upgrading operating systems to allow for greater storage capability is quite expensive, and cloud storage is a much cheaper alternative.

4. It’s easy to use

Copying files to the cloud is as easy as dragging and dropping them into your preferred cloud storage system, which makes it very easy to use.

5. Accessibility

One of the perks of storing files and data in the cloud is that you will always have access to them, even when you’re not in the office. As long as you have a working internet connection, you will be able to find what you’re looking for, without having to use the internal systems at the location where your business is based.

Vodacom’s Cloud Back-up is a cost-effective way to back up your on-premises servers and desktops to the cloud. It offers flexibility, high performance and secure back-ups over the internet for all your business’s hardware infrastructure. Contact Smartcom to find out how you can take advantage of this alternative way to store important data and files.

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