Cloud Storage is Expensive - How To Own Your Cloud & Save Money

Cloud Storage No IT professional will tell you that outsourcing all of your data storage needs to another entity is a good idea.  But in an increasingly mobile global market, businesses must figure out how to store and share their data in order for their employees to access it safely and securely.

The following article illustrates how businesses should address their data storage issues by looking at both online and personal storage solutions.

Storage Costs

The cost of a 1 terabyte external hard drive can be as low as $100. When buying an external hard drive you are only paying for the amount of storage it can provide, thereby avoiding any monthly fees.

Many people are starting to use sync technologies provided by programs like SugarSync.  The glaring problem with SugarSync is that it does not offer any unlimited backup options and can cost up to $39.99/month.

Even the more familiar services and programs like Dropbox and the Cloud are charging you monthly fees for storage space, these services can get costly.

Storage Security

Many businesses prefer to keep their most sensitive data “on site.”  Meaning they keep that data on their computers and/or hard drives and do not make it accessible through other online programs and/or services.

This gives the company greater control over who is able to access that data because that data can only be accessed through that computer.  A security breach in this instance would most likely be due to someone within the company actively trying to leak information.

There have been so many internet security breaches in the news lately, it can make it hard to know which programs and services to trust. And unfortunately this is where familiarity and ease-of-use has won out over legitimate security needs.

Security should be the primary characteristic businesses consider when looking for a data storage or file sharing system.

Storage Speed and Access Capabilities

While you can access both Dropbox and the Cloud from many different mobile devices the speed in which you are able to view or share your data using these programs is lacking.

Proponents and opponents of Cloud storage alike agree in the downsides to Cloud storage one of the biggest issues is that the Cloud takes up a lot of bandwidth. The more bandwidth a program is using the longer it takes for information to send.  Dropbox also requires its users to upload and download data files before they are able to share or see them.

The reason why so many people have turned to online services and programs like the Cloud, Sugarsync, and Dropbox is in large part due to growing mobile markets.

File-size limits on emails and instant messages have made it nearly impossible for people who solely use personal storage devices, to get the same amount of work done as their online-storage-and-sharing-using counterparts.

This is where TappIn (formerly HomePipe) comes in.  TappIn users can share and sync “on site” information without storing it “off site” (i.e. the Cloud, Sugarsync, and Dropbox).  Allowing its users to treat their external hard drive as a cloud.

Also unlike SugarSync and Dropbox, a program like TappIn doesn’t require you to upload or download files in order to share or view them.  Once a file is shared with you, you will be able to view it immediately.

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