Cloud Tools that Make Data Sharing Easier
By Michael Peggs, founder of Marccx Media
According to the State of Cloud Computing, private cloud adoption increased from 63 percent to 77 percent in 2016. With the business world moving to remote collaboration as the top choice, cloud technologies have become an important tool for a successful working environment. There are many different cloud options to choose from, but to ensure that your data and file sharing is done properly and securely it is important to select one of the best tools in the biz.
Protecting your data is the most important part of a successful business. The first step, is finding a secure internet service, which can easily be done using a company like Broadband Search. The next step, is selecting the best technologies. If you don't already have a cloud technology program for file/data syncing and sharing, you will want to choose one of the following to be sure that your data is protected and your team is able to collaborate effortlessly.
1.) Google Drive. A top contender in the field, Google Drive offers everything that you need for remote and internal collaboration. With a variety of tools for real-time collaboration, including making a file public, sharing via link and sharing via privileges is a great way to choose who can view your files. You can also do the same for choosing who can - and can't - edit your documents. Another feature of Google Drive that is appealing is the ability to use the tools offline. When traveling for work, there are times where internet access is not readily available. Still having the option to reach strict work deadlines is key for a good cloud program. Google Drive also offers 15GB of free storage, which is a good amount for small businesses. If you need more, you can purchase it at affordable rates, ranging from $1.99 to $6.99 per month. If you choose Google Drive, you will be getting:
- Many Options for Real-Time Collaboration.
- Lots of Free and/or Affordable Storage.
- Offline Access.
- Anything Else You Could Possibly Want!
2.) Microsoft OneDrive. Another quality option for cloud services is Microsoft's version, OneDrive. There are a lot of different options to choose from based on your company's individual needs. If you are looking for sharing across various platforms you can do so with Microsoft OneDrive. It is compatible with Windows and Mac, as well as Android, iOS and Windows devices. OneDrive doesn't only offer storage services, but it also offers file syncing services, which is greatly beneficial for users with multiple devices. A new feature of OneDrive that is making it even easier to use is that it is now fully integrated in Windows 10. Using File Explorer you can gain access to the program. One of the most innovative features of OneDrive is Fetch. You can use this for all devices that you have installed and authorized desktop client on. Using Fetch, you can share all files from each device. With Microsoft OneDrive you will get:
- 5GB Free Storage, or More for $1.99 to $6.99 Per Month,
- The Innovate Fetch Feature for Syncing Devices.
- Ability to Share Data and Files Across Various Platforms.
3.) Dropbox. Another choice for cloud services is Dropbox. This program has a lot of positive features that will support your collaboration needs. The most important feature being high security, Dropbox allows seamless integration between operating systems, advanced file sharing protection and allows users to recover or access deleted files. The biggest downfall of Dropbox is that it only offers 2GB of free storage. You will have to pay $9.99 a month or $99 a year to get more. Highlights of Dropbox:
- Strong Security Features to Protect Your Data.
- Ability to Integrate Files Across Multiple OS Environments.
- Only 2GB of Free Storage.
Other notable cloud services include Apple iCloud Drive, IDrive and SugarSync. All of these have similar features to one or more of those listed above, but don't quite compare to the services that you can get by selecting Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox.