Grow Your Small Business with Cloud Hero Cloud Storage
The basic principle of growing the business is finding the best person to get the job done, with reasonable cost. That is why the payroll is outsourced to ADP; In-house Email Server replaced by Google Apps Premier; Business contacts are managed by Salesforce.com.
Your in-house data storage will grow as your business grows. Over time, it will turn out to be expensive. For example, it could take a couple of days to backup 50G data to a FTP server. It will take 200 days to do the same thing for 5 Terabytes of data. Your business premise frequently is the slowest link to the Internet. It will not be a good idea to have local storage space grow to a stage that it is difficult to shift to a different location over the Internet.
1. Shift Your Email Server Out First
People don’t usually consider electronic mail as storage but it is with all the messages and attachments. If you keep it local, over time you will have to upgrade the electronic mail servers. It is best to shift it out early on. Google Apps or Microsoft Windows Live could be good choices.
2. Leverage Online Storage Suites
If you don’t use an web based storage suite, workers usually will just send electronic mail attachments around for sharing and collaboration. You might have a SharePoint server in house for that purpose but over time, you will run into storage space problems again. There are plenty of on-line storage space suites around, such as Google Docs, Windows Live SkyDrive, Box.net. You can without problems share files with your co-workers through these web based services. All that you need is a quick and easy desktop access application to Google Docs, SkyDrive or Box.net which is what Cloud Hero offers www.cloudhero.com. You can now use Cloud Hero to move and sync data files and folders with Google and Box.net see www.cloudhero.com
3. Use Cloud Storage As a Backup Target
If you are using a local PC, you can’t stop local storage space from growing. However, you can backup important data to cloud storage space. There are plenty cloud storage services around, such as Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic Storage and so on.
4. Use Cloud Storage As Tier 2 Storage
You may have a local file server shared by everyone in the workplace. Over time, the file server will grow older and run out of disk space. You need to be ready to replace it every 2-3 years. One of the best procedures is to have cloud storage attached to it as tier 2 storage. After you take care of the electronic mail storage, collaboration storage space and backup storage, the file server storage space will not grow as fast so it will last longer. With cloud storage attached as tier 2, you now have a second copy of the data in case anything goes wrong with the file server. It is more of a business continuity and disaster recovery solution. With Cloud Hero’s 2-way automatic sync the PC and the cloud account at Google will always be redundant see www.cloudhero.com
5. Look into the Future
The best could be that there is no local storage where your desktop is in the cloud too. Everything else is an web based application delivered through a web browser. This way, as an alternative to having a physical IT infrastructure, you have a virtual infrastructure. Cloud storage space will still be around, the only difference is the access point changed from local desktop to cloud desktop and web based applications. This is why Cloud Hero is a perfect management tool to allow full duplication of your business information is being completed automatically on every file when it is modified. See www.cloudhero.com for more details.