What’s New in Cloud Storage? Here Are Several Things to Watch For

Cloud storage is a must-have for small and medium-sized businesses. Rather than face the costs and maintenance associated with running your own servers, you can access the storage as a service! This means that you pay a fee to store your data in the cloud, and your cloud provider will manage and secure the underlying infrastructure.

Cloud storage is incredibly helpful in the age of remote and hybrid working. Your employees can access their files and resources anywhere at any time and on any device as long as they have their login details! 

Another cool thing about cloud storage is the fact that this space is fast-moving. Every month, new challengers are launching cloud storage products, putting pressure on incumbent players like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google to refine and innovate their offers.

This is good news for businesses like you. It means that cloud storage is getting better and better! 

We’re a little way through 2022 now and, already, we’re seeing cloud storage providers up their game. Here are the trends to watch out for. 

Ransomware scanning becomes an essential function

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts your data, stopping you from accessing it. In order to unlock your files, you’ll need to pay a ransom. Ransomware can get into your systems through several ways, including phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites or even via unpatched software. 

If ransomware gets into your cloud storage, this spells big trouble for your business. You’ll be unable to access critical data and files, which means you might be unable to operate! 

The good news is that cloud service providers have realized the scale of this problem. So, they’re introducing ransomware scanning as part of the upload and download process. You won’t have to pay extra for ransomware scanning with many solutions. Providers are offering it as part of their basic packages. 

Cloud costs stay steady

While the cloud can be more cost-effective, spending can quickly spiral out of control if you’re not careful. This is one of the downsides of the cloud’s pay as you go model. Essentially, if you don’t have a budget strategy in place, you could easily throw money at the cloud without really understanding how much is being spent.

To help with this, more cloud providers are launching automated tools that help businesses to keep track of their cloud spending. Common solutions include spending cap and alert systems, which allow you to set a budget for your storage solution. When you reach the upper end of this budget, you’ll receive an alert letting you know. 

If you’re conscious of how much you are spending on cloud storage, speak to us. We can manage your cloud services for you, ensuring that your solution fulfills your requirements while meeting budget needs. 

Cloud providers embrace sustainability initiatives

According to Gartner, 90% of organizations have stepped up their investments in sustainability since the start of the pandemic. If you are one of these organizations, you might be disheartened to know that cloud storage providers like Amazon and Google have a significant environmental impact. 

However, they’re also taking proactive steps to reduce their carbon emissions. Amazon, for example, is set to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its business by 2040, while Google plans to be carbon-free by 2030.

There’s still a long way to go in the fight against climate change, but it’s encouraging to see cloud providers take ownership! 

Multi-cloud becomes the norm

AWS used to be the dominant player in the cloud storage space, but now there are other companies to consider like Microsoft, Oracle, Google and challengers like Box and Backblaze. 

With so many solutions out there, at different prices, more companies are choosing to work with a collection of cloud storage providers for their different needs. It’s speculated that big agencies like the CIA and Pentagon use this strategy. This year, we think more SMBs will start to do the same. 

How to get started with cloud storage

The cloud storage space is certainly an exciting one – but it can also be overwhelming for non-tech folk! That’s where we come in. We can help your business find the best cloud solutions to fit your needs and manage your cloud storage for you. 

If you’re migrating over from on-premises storage, we can also assist and manage the process for you – ensuring a smooth, secure and seamless transition to the cloud. 

Start your cloud storage journey today! 

ECN IT Solutions can help your Tucson business unleash the power of the cloud, so you can save money and improve employee productivity.

We’re here and ready to talk cloud optimization with you! Reach out at 520-355-7553 or through our website