Cloud Storage or Local Server - The Best of Both

computing is the biggest buzzword in business today, and for good reason too.
The cloud provides many a new-found freedom to do and achieve more than ever
before. Greater collaboration, unlocking work possibilities in new locations
and often reducing costs provides a healthy boost for many companies.

The cloud provides many a new-found freedom to do and achieve more than ever before.

Every business
is unique however, and cloud solutions don't fit for every scenario. Connection
issues, internet plans, or technical requirements can rule it out as an option
in some instances. In these situations, we might install a Network Attached
Storage (NAS) solution instead. Which is a very small server with lots of hard

A NAS is particularly popular in small, mid-sized businesses, and even home environments. Due to their low power consumption, small footprint, and low cost, they often represent an ideal upgrade. Power users and businesses can enhance their networks and get more out of their systems by employing a NAS device to do the heavy lifting.

Reliable, Fast Access

When a
property can’t achieve lightning fast internet speeds or services aren't
reliable enough to run a business on; a NAS solution is ideal for the job —
serving files locally rather than from a remote server can save vast amounts on
uploads and downloads.

Many of the benefits
of the cloud can be created locally inside your home or office. Network storage
allows you to save and retrieve files from multiple devices with fast local
network speeds. Rather than being limited by the speeds offered by your ISP;
you can complete file transfers, backups, and sharing at the speed of the
hardware you purchase yourself.

A NAS gives
you many advantages of the cloud with the level of control, speed, and
accessibility of a local server. All this is achieved for a fraction of the
cost and maintenance overhead typically associated with conventional servers.

One Device, Many Uses

NAS devices
can act as a centralized backup location for active files and devices across
the network. Using the device as a file store allows you to share projects
easily, collaborate on files, and keep up-to-date copies while revisions

The device can
be set up to allow redundancy across multiple hard drives. This means backed up
data is never vulnerable to only a single hardware failure.

A fully redundant
NAS is capable of handling a hard drive failure, or even removal, without
interrupting your workflow. Simply replacing the affected hard drive with a new
one will backup your files again and rebalance your device as if nothing had
happened at all.

Lightweight File Access

Even retaining
access to your files away from the office isn't an ability exclusive to cloud
services. NAS devices can be configured to provide secure access to files and
folders on remote connections. Working remotely, using a NAS solution, can be
done just as easily as if you were sat in the office.

Even when the
rest of the office IT is shut-off and shut down, a NAS device can remain on and
connected to the network, so access is never interrupted. 

A NAS device
can run 24/7 without issue. Their low power consumption makes it practical to
leave the device powered on for regular backups and easy data access. Devices
don't require the heavy maintenance or large footprint of a bulky server. As a
simple solution, a NAS device allows you to focus only on the data.

The Best of Both Worlds

A NAS provides
high-speed file access and configuration of a local server and combines it with
the low footprint and ease of use of a cloud service. Without relying on a bad
ISP, weak connection, or power-hungry hardware, a NAS could be the solution
that supercharges your business.

Find out if network storage is the right fit for your business. Call Cumbria Computer Repairs on 01228 576090 or 01228 217100 to talk about the IT you need to meet your goals.

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