June 22, 2017
Cloud Storage Reviews

Why Do I Need Cloud Storage?

A friend asked me whether he could really benefit from using a cloud storage service recently. His question made me realize that there are still plenty who are not enjoying the full benefits of cloud storage services. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the best reasons why you should really give cloud storage a try.

They're FREE!

Instead of going for premium cloud storage services immediately, take a look at some of the free alternatives. Popular free cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive offer up to 7GB of cloud storage space; to use the free space, all you need to do is sign up for an account.

Free services allow you to give cloud storage a try without spending your money in the process. You can try the desktop software and mobile apps, experiment with different upload and synchronization workflows and try some of the features the cloud storage company is offering while at the same time enjoy other benefits of using cloud storage.

If you want to use premium service in order to get more space, you can also start by signing up for a trial period. Trial periods can last for up to 60 days depending on the cloud storage company you are engaging. With a trial period that long, you can try the service to its fullest before having to make a purchase decision.

Your Files Are Too Important

I can list all the possible mishaps that can happen to important family photos, videos, your music library, digital books and a wide variety of other files, but you've already known most of them. Why not take active steps towards protecting all of the important files you have in your computer?

Of course, you also have the option to back up your files to an optical disc or an external hard drive. Compared to cloud storage, they are relatively more accessible and easier to use at the beginning. However, they don't offer the same level of protection as cloud storage; optical discs are prone to scratches, while external hard drives must be stored properly for them to outlast your computer.

Cloud storage, on the other hand, gives you that extra layer of protection without compromise. Once your files are uploaded to the cloud, they are safe from virus attacks, hardware failures and other potentially bad things that are just waiting to happen.

More Restore Options

You need to upload your files to the cloud to protect them, but you don't necessarily need to download them again to restore them to your computer. Cloud storage companies are now offering more restore methods than ever, adding optical discs and physical drives to the list.

In the event of a disaster, you can ask the cloud storage company to copy your files onto a flash drive or a hard drive and have it shipped to you, all for a small amount of fee. You can then complete the restore offline without having to wait for downloads to finish.

Tons of Added Features

Cloud storage services allow you to do so much more than just store your files in the cloud. You can edit files on the go, have older versions stored in a separate archive automatically, stream music and video to any device you use, and benefit from the seamless synchronization that cloud storage services now enable, all for the same affordable monthly fee; these features are also available to those who choose to use free cloud storage services.

As you can see, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't give cloud storage a try. Find a good service plan - free or premium, depending on your needs and personal preferences - and sign up for an account today.