Almost everyone in business has heard about a cloud environment but many do not understand what is involved in cloud storage. In any business, both large and small, there are many files built up over time that hold all kinds of data. They could be large scale databases that hold a company’s complete set of financial processes and also the contact information of every customer who ever bought a product or service. In customer relationship management systems, there will be tons of information about customer preferences, buying habits, and also their financial information if they purchase with a credit card or checking account.

The Storage Problem Solved

In time, all this information can get a bit overwhelming, especially if it has built up over decades. Many companies have servers and storage arrangements for their information but at some point, there must be a way to organize and set aside information that is no longer being used. Hence, there are now cloud services that allow you to back up all your files and put them in storage in a virtual environment.

Amazon, as an example, offers the Amazon Web Service (AWS) which comes in a variety of customer-centered packages, according to whatever each client needs. Utilizing the AWS Storage Gateway, customers can upload data to the storage area and either store it there or also use transfer options on a continual basis. Everything is priced on the amount of traffic and data file sizes used for periods of time. This provides a cost-effective way to store older files that are no longer used, and to also provide a back-up option as opposed to just backing up everything on a server.

A Variety of Options in the Cloud

Amazon is only one of a number of companies now offering such services on the web. There is another type of cloud subscription service that is offered by several software companies and this allows – for a small monthly fee – the chance to use a cloud service along with the company’s software programs. Microsoft and Adobe both have these subscription services and it is a great bonus to small and medium businesses that need access to both unlimited cloud space as well as the software programs these companies offer.

Google was one of the first to approach cloud computing with its Google Docs account which lets subscribers upload documents that can be accessed later by the owner. The owner allows other clients to log in and review these documents too. Wherever there is Internet access, subscribers can log in to access their documents, especially when away from home or the office.

Finally, the cloud storage option is also a good way to conduct projects where you need to sort and record all the documents first before storing them in a cloud folder. This is a much better option than trying to add in server space in order to do a large documentation project and it also is far cheaper and less technically demanding.