How Much Cloud Storage Do You Need?

Every business needs some form of backup for files and data in order to avoid losing information in the event that they are destroyed, and many businesses feel the best way to back up such information is through cloud storage.

Your needs for storage space may vary depending on size of your business, the type of data you handle and the importance of those files, so here we take a look at how to choose the right cloud storage package for your business.

Choosing a cloud storage provider

With so many cloud storage solutions available online, you need to select the best cloud storage backup service provider based on your needs. There are two main categories of cloud storage or online backup service providers. They include:

  1. Providers with limited storage and;
  2. Service providers that offer infinite storage or unlimited online backup.

What to Consider

Before choosing your cloud storage option, you must determine your storage needs. This will depend on the type and size of your business, the number of computers you would like to back up, as well as the operating systems they are running on. It will also depend on whether you want to sync or share your files. Another aspect to consider is whether you need to access the files on mobile devices.

Cloud Storage for Windows

Most people who use Microsoft Windows normally store their files in the “My Documents” folder. This makes it easy for one to add up file sizes before determining the amount of storage space they would need for cloud storage. If you normally store your files on a shared drive you can simply right-click on the folder, choose properties and you will see the amount of space it takes up on the hard drive.

Cloud Storage for Mac

If you are using Mac, you just need to right-click on the file, then select “Information.” This window will show you the important information about the file or folder. One tip for adding up the space needed is to use an excel sheet to determine the amount of space you would need for your cloud storage.

After measuring the amount of storage space your files take up on your device, you will have a rough idea of the storage space you need. Double that amount on cloud storage so as to ensure that you do not run out of space, should your storage demands increase. Fortunately, there are so many cloud storage services available at budget friendly costs, but do ensure they can provide a scalable solution to suit your business’ needs. Contact Viatel today for further assistance.

Written By: Liam Watson

I love tech things, especially the way they infiltrate our lives without us even realising. I don't like having to explain how a gadget works to every member of my family though!