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Five ways that cloud storage can benefit your business

Posted on Monday 31st Mar 2014 by Andy Butler

Cloud storage is a powerful business tool when used correctly. This article looks at five ways that cloud storage can benefit your business – making you more productive and more secure.

1. Simple, secure backups
Cloud storage services make secure backups very simple – with WABSTOR PRO’s unlimited storage space and Desktop Sync Software, you can simply right click on any folder on a PC or server and select “Add to WABSTOR”. The folder is then monitored hourly and any new documents or changed documents are backed up off-site on WABSTOR PRO’s secure servers. It’s a completely effortless process – no need to rely on staff to regularly rotate backup tapes or take them home.
If you need to restore a file later for any reason, you can just log into WABSTOR PRO’s web portal, find the file and click on download – there’s no need to battle through backup tapes to find the correct file in an incremental sequence.

2. Infinite archiving of data
Businesses can collect massive amounts of data – much of it remains unused and ends up being deleted. However every business has situations where this old data suddenly becomes essential, long after it has been removed. With cloud storage you can now keep your archived data for as long as you want – whether its log files, RAW multimedia or analytics and reporting data, just uploading it to your WABSTOR PRO WABDRIVE space lets you keep it and forget it until you really need it.
WABSTOR PRO’s Desktop Sync software makes it very easy to get this archive data online without taking up any hard drive space, but WABSTOR PRO even has unlimited FTP access which lets you upload your files from any server anywhere.

3. Easy access collaboration on the move
Shared network drives and VPN connections are great for a mobile workforce up to an extent, but they’re far from perfect. They’re highly technical to set up and configure, they often rely on a network connection to work correctly, and they require local storage infrastructure to keep them going. WABSTOR PRO makes this process really easy – one single WABSTOR PRO account can be shared across unlimited PCs, and the files you put on your WABSTOR PRO are synchronised between every computer. As well as being stored online, all of the files are cached locally on every PC too, so your team can view and edit the documents even when they’re not online. The files are then updated as soon as connectivity is restored.
Even more importantly, documents can be accessed from literally anywhere. WABSTOR PRO provides a web portal so mobile workers can log in using a web browser even if they don’t have WABSTOR PRO installed. The documents can be downloaded from the web portal, or even viewed and edited directly from the browser using WABSTOR PRO’s built in web applications. WABSTOR PRO has a dedicated web portal for mobile devices too, letting you access all of your files on your phone, and dedicated iPhone and Android viewers are avaiable now

4. Version history
Have you ever changed a file and then realised that you want to go back to the previous version? With WABSTOR PRO you can. WABSTOR PRO keeps 30 versions of each document that you work on, so that if you ever want to revert to a historical copy (or even just review an old version) you can with one click.

5. Simple sharing with third parties
If you work with large files you’ll know that sharing those files with clients, suppliers or partners can be very tricky. WABSTOR PRO makes this process so easy – any file or folder on your online storage space can be shared with one click. You can share the file publically so that anyone in the world can access it, or you can share privately by providing the e-mail address of the person you want to share with. That person is set up with their own completely free WABSTOR PRO account that they can use to securely access the files you’ve shared with them. No more do you have to worry about manually uploading your documents to your own FTP space, or posting CDs, DVDs and memory sticks to clients.

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