With cloud technology rapidly becoming the standard in data storage and retrieval, many traditional data storage companies are embracing the cloud, providing a list of benefits for clients.
Traditional data storage generally utilizes off-site, physical storage for documents.
In some cases, a data storage center might also retrieve physical storage media, such as DVDs and data tapes.
Still, in other cases, a data storage provider may allow a company to send and receive digital information to and from off-site servers that the storage provider maintains.
Why the Switch?
In any of the above-listed, services, the provider must be accessible to the company, but this comes with limitations if the provider is physically closed for the day.
Also, even if digital retrieval is possible, it’s usually made possible through proprietary software that can only accessed from the office.
This means that people needing to access data at home or on the go must wait for someone back at the office to access the data and then email it. If this isn’t possible due to size limitations, then the employee on the go may be out of luck.
Using cloud technology, data storage centers can offer access on a variety of devices; including smartphones and tablets, from almost anywhere an Internet connection is available.
Cloud Reduces Infrastructure
Traditional data storage providers are also moving to cloud-based technologies because it allows them to eliminate costly infrastructure, thus they can pass along savings to customers. Law firms are using netdocuments to store their documents in the cloud for easy access.
This makes the provider more attractive to potential clients as well. In a sense, a traditional data storage and retrieval provider can now be thought of as a middle man when the cloud is involved.
The provider still handles the actual routing of the data so that the client can focus on getting work done.
But, in this scenario, the service provider no longer has to maintain expensive services, install software updates, and complete other tasks that are required for hosting data.
The cloud services provider handles that part, so the data storage company now acts as a manager of sorts.
It’s important to note that traditional data storage is not dead.
Many companies will continue to host a copy of client data on their own servers as a precautionary backup up measure.
Also, most clients of these companies will continue to keep important data on-site for themselves as another backup measure.
About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include cloud technology and data storage.