The world of business is constantly changing in today’s wired economy. While businesses increasingly rely on ones and zeros to store data worth billions of dollars, the technology is not perfect. It is estimated that despite hard drives becoming faster and more reliable, they are still prone to failure. This is where cloud storage can and has saved the day.
Businesses that pride themselves on creating multiple backups are just as easily ruined when their office premises is struck by natural disasters or acts of terrorism. It is for this reason that just having a backup of your most critical data is no longer good enough; the data has to be stored in a secure facility, and this is where cloud backup services and tools come in.
If you’re a business that relies on the ease of a paperless environment, you’ll want to invest in the below cloud backup solutions. These solutions have been extensively tested and found to be reliable. However, their monthly and annual charges may vary. So, you need to find one that works best for you.
One of the amazing things about Google Drive is that everyone has it and its free for the first 15 GB which should suffice for individuals. Using Google Drive is simple to use, and the installed app can automatically sync with your Android phone or computer, taking the hassle out of constantly hitting the ‘sync’ button. However, businesses would want to upgrade their account to 1TB which is $9.99 a month, so that the entire office can use it as a backup for mission critical files.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s attempt at a cloud storage solution which is free for people who have a Microsoft Account. The beauty of OneDrive is that it not only syncs with your Microsoft documents but also your Xbox One data and Windows Phone. There is also an app for Android and iPhone.
OneDrive offers 5GB of storage for free to begin with, but that can be upgraded to 1 TB for just $9.99 a month for five users or $6.99 for one user. The single biggest selling point for OneDrive is that it makes collaboration across an enterprise workplace easier because it integrates directly into Microsoft Office.
Dropbox is one of the oldest and most established cloud backup services. Its freemium model offers users 2 GB of space for free. Dropbox has a desktop app, an Android app, and an iPhone app. The traffic limit for free accounts is limited to 20 GB a day. Pro and business packages allow for up to 200 GB a day. 1 TB of space for businesses is available at $9.99 a month.
The only reason why you would consider using Dropbox is because the platform is stable and you get 24/7 customer service. That said the price of 1 TB of storage space is the same as all others discussed above.
Of all the backup storage options discussed above Odrive has to be the one that ties them all together. If you’re a business owner, it’s more than likely that you have a bunch of free storage that’s totally unused across various service providers. Some business owners are known to juggle multiple files and profiles across multiple cloud networks.
Odrive is a cloud aggregator, which means that you collect all your cloud services in one spot. This makes it easier to move files from one service to the next with ‘copy’, ‘paste’ simplicity. However, because aggregators don’t provide the cloud storage themselves, the software they provide is really good, with features that can easily beat rival cloud storage partners. That said so far Odrive is the best aggregator around.
While cloud storage services are a dime a dozen, businesses should always choose a service that’s stable and uses encryption to protect data. However, it’s always a good idea to use the service for free and then upgrade once you get a hang of how things work.