Embracing the Cloud Series

Where-o-where should I store my data?

Let’s start with the most traditional way people store their data and remove the business part of this.  Most people store their data on their laptops or desktop machines.  Taking that concept just a bit further, most people honestly don’t think about their data being protected in case of a system crash.  If their system had a crash and the hard drive was not recoverable their data would be lost forever.

The majority of people these days are in a digital age.  We have huge amounts of photos from our various devices, perhaps information from financial applications like Quicken, email archives, documents and even spreadsheets.  How damaging would it be for you to lose this data?

cloud-storageEmbracing the cloud will open up a whole new world.  The younger crowd below 50 have already begun to embrace what is out there – through social media, use of a variety of devices like tablets and phones, not to mention the use of the internet in general. If you are going to reach out to this cloud-based world where do you begin away from the social aspect?

Start by securing your data beyond the laptop or desktop computer.  There are many services which can aid you in the storage of your important documents, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, SugarSync and so on.  Some offer a free account with a base amount of storage for the user or your can upgrade to a premium account giving you more space.  The above mentioned storage providers work this way…you can install their software and the application provides the user with a folder that can be used to drop your documents to.  Once this is done, anything in this folder is automatically synced to the appropriate service.

What about the oh so many cloud bases services out there to help your business be more productive?

We’ll review some of these services to illuminate what is out there and how you can get your creative juices flowing to see how you can plug your business in to get the most out of what is offered.

Let’s start this 5 part series by reviewing the most popular cloud storage options.

  • OneDrive
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox

We’ll move into backups and disaster recovery – all important parts of embracing the cloud mentality.

Coming up next…Working with Google Drive

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