With businesses searching for cost–effective ways to store their important data, more and more are moving away from the traditional methods and into the 21st century with the use of cloud-based solutions. Not only for storage but also as a way of removing the need for expensive telephone lines and systems, being able to conduct calls and meetings through voice over internet protocol (VoIP). But just how safe is your sensitive information when it’s being stored on the world wide web? We’ve put together this blog to put your mind at ease. What is the cloud? Rather than being stored on physical storage systems, cloud storage is based on remote storage systems, usually by a 3rd party who manages, backs up and encrypts the information or files that you want saving, be it large files or telephone directories and lists of clients. Major providers include Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. Is it expensive? Instead of having to fork out vast amounts on added computer storage, or drivers, businesses can instead opt to store their data on the cloud. By doing so, not only do they save on storage costs, but they can also do without the need for expensive IT security staff who would usually look after such files. Cloud–based storage is usually based on a monthly fee depending on the amount of GB needed. They are usually free for a limited amount, with the opportunity to purchase extra space if needed. Calls are also significantly cheaper or sometimes free. The need for a PBX system is removed, with all the usual telephone services now on the cloud. It offers a great way to save money, especially if your business relies on telesales or constant calls to other countries. Is it safe? In a nutshell, yes, the information is secure, although certain breaches in the past where major information has been leaked have meant not everyone is convinced and ready to move to cloud-based storage just yet. These have been very few and far between however and are almost unheard of as security is increased. Data on the cloud is stored in an encrypted form, that would need to be hacked before anyone could read, and that is far from a simple job. If things do go wrong, then your business can relax safe in the knowledge that repair work is far easier. Upgrades can be applied with minimal fuss, and usually at a time when the business will be least affected. If you are interested in moving to business cloud solutions or have some questions about how it may help your business, then our expert team will be happy to talk you through the options. Our seamless process will help you lower costs and get more value from your telecoms, constantly keeping you ahead of the curve. Our team can be reached on 01925 599201 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.