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4 Cloud Storage Solutions to Protect against Disaster

By Townes Haas   |    January 16, 2017   |    11:22 AM

 

It's called "backing up" for a reason. Here are 4 cloud storage solutions so you have backup in case of emergency.

The cloud has revolutionized the workplace, allowing physical barriers such as distance to be overcome. The cloud allows remote workers and their teams to connect, communicate and collaborate constantly, forming a virtual office. However for all the advantages of this, there are can be some serious hazards if you are not careful about your cloud storage. Whether it’s a fire, a flood or breach of security, disaster can hit at any time, and your data will be the first and worst victim. Therefore it is in your best interest to ensure you design a backup plan for your cloud storage that protects your data against disaster. Here are the best cloud storage solutions for a virtual office.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is amongst the world's most popular cloud storage solutions and it is free. It is a great option for virtual offices as it allows you to store, share and sync data across all devices using the Dropbox website or the Dropbox app. This means you and your remote team can access your files from anywhere, whether it be a computer, a laptop, tablets or a smart phone. Once you sign up, you automatically get 2GB of free storage, plus file sharing and syncing tools, as well as security features like SSL encryption, two-step authentication, and mobile pass codes. For those who require more storage, a subscription to Dropbox starts at $8.25 a month per user, which gives you 1TB of space or if you need more storage room, you can pay $12.50 a month per user for unlimited storage.

2. Google Drive

When you sign up with Google Drive, you start with 15 GB of free cloud storage. It is a fantastic platform for a virtual office, as you can use it for safely storing files, as well as employing it for real-time collaboration. Google's web-based productivity suite offers users tools that allow them to upload, save, edit and invite others to work on Docs, Sheets and Slides. If you require additional storage you can buy a monthly subscription. This starts at $1.99 per month for 100 GB.

3. JustCloud

JustCloud is an easy-to-use online cloud storage solution. JustCloud is a very reliable solution for virtual offices, as unlike Google Drive or Dropbox which can require manual upload, it routinely and automatically backs up all the documents stored on your computer or smartphone to the cloud so that you can never lose them. JustCloud offers unlimited storage, guarantees 100 percent automated backup and absolute data security as well providing 24/7 technical support. Subscription to JustCloud starts at $5.61 per month for 75GB.

4. Mozy

Mozy is another intuitive and dependable cloud storage solution. It offers sync services to all computer and mobile devices to ensure that every file on your server is constantly backed up to the cloud, guaranteeing your document's safety. Mozy not only offers automatic cloud backup, but also provides mobile access as well as military-grade security and data restore capabilities. A subscription starts at $13.98 for 10GB.