Cloud Storage 101: What You Should Know

Cloud Storage 101:
What You Should Know

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Small business data is on the move, thanks to the cloud.

As a small business owner, you never have enough time in the day to keep up with every technology that appears on the horizon.

Chances are you already know that adding or upgrading to a cloud service is something you should be considering.

But it can feel like an overwhelming task to research cloud storage options, decide which solution is best, and get the new service up and running, all while taking care of business as usual.

So where do you start?

Businesses Moving to Online Storage

If you're struggling with this issue, you're not alone.

Although many people don't even understand what the cloud actually is, if you've used web-based email, you've used the cloud. The cloud refers to the Internet.

In simple terms, cloud storage involves uploading and storing computer data on the Internet through a third-party provider, according to PC Magazine's Encyclopedia.

Service providers can use the cloud to provide online data storage, and easy access to data from a wide variety of net-connected devices including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

And just as they did when they harnessed the Internet as a business tool, small business owners are beginning to use the cloud as a best practice to manage their business information more efficiently.

In fact, 92% of small business are now using at least one cloud solution, according to a report on Top 10 SMB Technology Trends for 2015 from SMB Group.

Creating a Competitive Advantage with Cloud Service

Used strategically, a cloud storage service can help small businesses achieve a number of important business goals, including:

  • Control costs. Online data storage can help businesses control costs in many areas, including software licensing, hardware and upgrade expenses, server maintenance and power usage
  • Greater accesibility. Your staff would have the ability to create and access data wherever they are on the Internet
  • Flexible Growth. Some providers, such as Verizon, operate cloud storage services on a pay-as-you-go model, allowing for maximum flexibility to scale up or down as your business needs fluctuate
  • Security. Cloud-based services may provide automatic online backup for critical business data, often in multiple centers across several locations for improved security
  • Reliable, Cloud-based services can be more reliable than products on your premises, particularly if your existing servers or other hardware are aging
  • Professional support. Cloud service providers have a dedicated IT staff to stay on top of current technology and security
  • Enhanced collaboroation. Employees may be able to instant-message and hold meetings with clients and remote employees through video and Web conferencing capabilities

In summary, small businesses need to seriously consider using cloud storage solutions. When doing your due diligence, small business owners should go with a recognized industry leader that has established a reputation for using state-of-the-art technology and secure software.

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Verizon Cloud: the Right Choice for Online Data Storage

Our full suite of robust cloud business applications, available with both Verizon FiOSĀ® Internet and Verizon High Speed Internet bundles, as well as on its own, can help grow your business, protect your work and simplify your workload.

With Verizon Cloud you have access to advanced features including:

  • State-of-the-art, secure socket (SSL) encryption technology is embedded into all transactions for your data protection.
  • Automatically backup critical business data and restore it in the event of loss or theft
  • Store and protect data from system crashes, known viruses, and physical damage
  • Sync and save your important business documents and presentations, contacts, photos, videos, music, call logs and even text messages with Verizon Cloud.
  • Seamlessly access your files using multiple devices (such as PCs, Macs, Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets (iOS and Android) -- anytime, anywhere your business takes you on the Internet.

Bundle Verizon Cloud with the Internet Security Suite Multi-Device service to receive an unlimited number of comprehensive security licenses, helping to protect you and your network of smartphones, tablets and computers with features like Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall, Content Management, and Pop-Up/Ad Blocker services.

At Verizon, we understand that connection--and information--is your company's lifeline to your customers and suppliers.

Naturally, you want to protect that information as you expand your business.

Verizon Cloud: Verizon delivers a platform with exceptional control, strong protection, and onboarding services to get you up and running fast.

Why not take a minute now to find out how ordering a Verizon Internet bundle with cloud storage, or adding cloud storage to your existing Internet services, can help increase efficiency and keep your data secure?

We make it easy to implement a cloud storage solution.

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Verizon Internet Solutions

Reliability. Verizon provides High Speed Internet (DSL) service to business customers. This gives small business owners a consistently fast speed (up to 10-15 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads) that can be counted on every day, with 99.9% network reliability.

In many areas, Verizon also offers FiOS to small business customers so that they can enjoy the exceptionally reliable performance of 100% fiber-optic Internet access service and unlimited data usage. Even at peak hours, FiOS Internet customers get amazing Internet speeds up to 500/500 Mbps (in select areas), and unlimited data usage for their office and phone service with 99.9% network reliability.

Service. J.D. Power ranked Verizon Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Very Small Business Wireline Service.1

Speed. Verizon was the first in the industry to offer SpeedMatch(SM), which offers equal upload and download speeds to send data as fast as it's received. The highest level is 500 Mbps up and down!

Breadth. Verizon offers an extensive range of Internet services and bundles to meet your business's needs.

Support. An expert technician will get your Internet service up and running at a time that's convenient for you so you can stay focused on your customers.

Cost. Check out the latest deals on Verizon Small Business bundles and start saving money for your business. Verizon offers a Worry-Free Guarantee. If you're not totally happy, Verizon will refund 100% of your money up to 30 days from the start of your contract.

Contract and Terms.Verizon puts it in writing by providing customers with a written price quote of the services they order. You also get a purchase summary that shows the first and subsequent bills, so you know what to expect in each billing cycle.

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