In an attempt to catch up with the business and tech trends that are practiced in the U.S., the European Union recently revealed their latest plans for a cloud computing strategy to boost business. This change will boost job availability; creating four million jobs in less than a decade and should also save small businesses in operating expenditures by 20 percent.
While only a quarter of the computer users in Europe access cloud applications to organize their data, this latest strategy is a good start in the right direction. Cloud computing is not new but its applications and uses are definitely spreading worldwide because it is a good way for businesses to back up their data in a secure place online. Of course it is not suggested as your only back up solution for data, but cloud computing should be included as one of your solutions for data security, backup and recovery.
Saving your data and files to a cloud computing system allows you to access your files from anywhere at anytime you need it. If you save files to an online cloud system, you won’t have to email the file to yourself, or carry an external hard drive or flash drive with you. Files will be available to you and multiple users who need and are allowed to access files simultaneously.
Affordable Plans That Make Sense
Many small to medium-sized business are attracted to cloud computing because the packages offered tend to have short-term contracts or even “pay-as-you-go” attraction. This is a plus for small businesses that fear whether their business will survive beyond the first or second year. If their business does fail, they can want a contract that will be easy to break. VPS, or virtual private server hosting, for businesses makes processing content and eCommerce a snap. No more waiting around for months; your business is able to hop to production instantly.
Using secured cloud computing as one of your options for data saving can allow you to focus on other aspects of your business. Cloud computing systems function to protect your data, so you won’t have to keep track of this information and worry about issues of security. If you are using a remote data security system, then a hacker can access your network and could clear out your data and you would still have a remote back up.
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
While there are many positive things to say about cloud computing and data recovery systems in general, there are a few issues that you might encounter. Sometimes a cloud’s network may be down, some systems allow limited access, and not all cloud systems offer around the clock customer service. Businesses that do use the cloud should also have their sensitive data backed up in other ways, like external hard drives, CDs and via the companies’ secure network to prevent complete data loss. It’s important to never put all of your eggs in one basket and likewise, don’t put all of your faith into one mode of data recovery and data saving.
About Guest Author: Mary Reed researches and writes about developments in web design, hosting and development. She is a freelance web designer and content provider and loves her home with a view of the San Francisco Bay.