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Daily Buzz: Tips for Switching to a Cloud File Storage System

It's not as frightening or challenging as you might think

A few years ago, the phrase “the cloud” didn’t have much more meaning than those white fluffy things in the sky. Today, the cloud sits at the core of most businesses.

“A few years ago, we had to use all our powers of persuasion to convince organizations to move their files from on-premise servers to cloud-based file storage solutions,” says Brian Sheehan on the DelCor blog. “Now, associations and nonprofits are on board with that approach because they want their IT staff to spend less time managing servers and more time helping colleagues achieve strategic and business goals.”

If your organization is considering a cloud-based storage system, Sheehan suggests identifying the overall data set, including file type, size, and usages among team members. Because the range of cloud solutions is variable, understanding your team’s organizational needs will help guide the search.

Another aspect to take into account: cost.

“You know what your boss will say when you make a recommendation for a new file storage solution: What’s it going to cost and is it a better value?” Sheehan says. “Keep an eye out for hidden fees for reading data—Amazon Web Services (AWS) is known for that. Find out how much it will cost to build out redundancy and backup. Ask about bandwidth charges for moving data back and forth, another AWS concern.”

Please select this link to read the original article from Associations Now.

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