It's taking a while for people to understand the beauty of cloud computing. Saving space on hard disks, sharing files and saving costs on software are just a few of the benefits of using a cloud service so if this concept is new to you, it's time to get curious.
Some cloud backup companies are targeting home users while others are focusing on the B2B clientele. The companies that are progressing the fastest are offering both, plus are offering Cloud reseller deals.
If you're confused about how to select a cloud service, think about the way the extra storage will be used. Most cloud backup services provide free membership for use of a low level of storage. Some have a base monthly price or usage fee and then add on depending on the exact services you need. Apple's icloud comes with every Apple device, but free storage is limited.
Some things to think about: Home use often includes storing large files like photograph albums, home videos and music. So ask these questions to have a clear idea of exactly what you need and then shop for the service that answers your needs plus offers future upgrades.
- Monthly cost: $5 per month up to $299 a month for sophisticated applications/capacity
- Computers: How many will be backed up? Will they be sharing information?
- Operating Systems: PC, Mac or both?
- Apps: Using iPhone, iPad and Android along with your computers?
Many new companies are using cloud computing exclusively. The costs saved on software, large hard drive storage and interoffice networking is tremendous. Using a three-person office as an example, cloud computing and backup can save up to $10,000. So using cloud computing can make opening a business relatively risk-free and streamlined from the technical perspective.
The primary differences in choosing a cloud service that matches your needs are in the details.
Currently, some of the top names in the industry are: Mozy, Dropbox, BackupGenie and ZipCloud. The monthly pricing starts as low as $2.95 and pays for storage from 50GB to 250GB.
Note: not all monthly plans are alike. The higher priced services aren't necessarily providing the largest storage spaces and that is where you'll find some of the biggest differences. What looks low-priced for the smallest budgets may wind up adding up to be one of the highest priced. So let the buyer beware.
There are so many small differences that there are now websites to help make the cloud selection from a more informed perspective.
Getting on board with cloud computing is highly recommended. It's the nextgen and will move forward to the next, nextgen before you know.