9 advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage solutions

9 advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage solutions

Is Tresorit the best cloud storage solution to keep your data under your control?

To help you navigate the dozens of cloud storage providers out there, we compiled an overview of some of the most important aspects to consider - let’s look at 9 advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage, so that you can find the best fit for your business (or personal) needs.

I. The advantages of cloud storage

1: Pay as you go

A good thing about cloud storage providers is that they will only ask you to pay for storage capacities you use and there’s also the possibility to scale up and down dynamically. Moving to the cloud means you no longer have to maintain and expand your storage capacities physically, the costs of buying new servers, hard drives, paying high electricity bills are a thing of the past. That is a cloud storage advantage worth mentioning.

2: Accessibility

When using cloud storage services, your data is stored remotely and through the internet, so you can access this data anytime, anywhere since the cloud storage application is installed on multiple devices, like your workplace computer, company phone. Logging in and collaborating with other team members has never been easier, documents can be worked on simultaneously in real time. The app also makes sure all your files are synchronized, so everybody on all devices will always have access to the latest version.

3: Uninterrupted business continuity

Storing your data remotely comes with another great benefit that counters data loss caused by human error (deleting data, maintenance errors) or natural causes (flood, fire, earthquake). An emergency backup plan by having all important data regularly copied on another geographical location just might save your companies’ future if a site becomes compromised or if crucial data gets deleted by human error.

4: Speed

It depends on the cloud storage provider, but it just might be that backing up data simultaneously to multiple remote servers is still quicker than backing up data onto your company’s hard disk.

5: Keeping up with technology

One of the costliest undertakings is to keep a company’ IT infrastructure up to date. It can also a big challenge to convince decision makers in a company of its importance. A huge plus in favor of external cloud storage providers is that they keep up with the latest technology and you can just enjoy all of its benefits.

6: Security

There are certain inherent risks with cloud storages that must be considered. However, you have to ask yourself: Would a non-IT company know and care as much about IT and security as an IT service provider who makes a living out of IT and must be at the top of their game to keep their customers?  The key here is that investing in the security of owned infrastructure is generally not the companies’ top priority, unless they are an IT industry. If you choose a trusted cloud storage provider, you can enjoy a high-level of security, with considerably less effort and investment.
Now let’s look at 3 disadvantages that come with Cloud Storage solutions.

II. The disadvantages of cloud storage

1: Vulnerability to attacks

When you store your data on your own hard disk it’s at least safe, right? Well only if you keep all your data on a legacy computer with no connection to the internet like George R.R. Martin did with his Game of Thrones book series. But since every personal computer and device is now connected to the internet, no one is really safe anymore. What makes cloud storage providers more prone to ransomware attacks and data leaks then? Well, what do you think would be more appealing to a criminal in terms of loot? Your flat with a PlayStation 4 as its most prized possession or a bank full of money? That’s exactly why hacker groups would rather choose to attack cloud storage providers, than your personal computer. It’s guaranteed they would get their hands on valuable data. You can also never be sure whether your data or meta data is being used for marketing analysis purposes by the very vendors you choose to store your information with. That’s an essential drawback of cloud storage you have to always keep in mind.

2: Compliance with legal regulations

Storing all your business’ data in a cloud storage, is like stars in the sky during daytime, you know they are there, but you can’t exactly see where. Not knowing where exactly all your business sensitive information (that could be valuable to your competitors), or personal sensitive information (that could identify your employees, or could harm them if leaked) is stored could make you feel uncertain. And it should. Legal regulations like GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, TISAX, could impose a great deal of pressure on certain types of businesses from a compliance perspective. And consequences of a data leak could become catastrophic to business reputation and market value. If you trust all your invaluable data with an external cloud storage provider, it becomes their responsibility to keep it safe, but you will suffer the consequences if that fails. For your own good, at least investigate how transparent different storage vendors are regarding their security practices before signing a contract.

3: You rely on an internet connection

Ever experienced the fury, when the internet went down only for a couple of hours, and you felt like being thrown back to the stone age? Basically, no work can be done without the internet anymore, and it’s only a matter of time with storage providers before you experience your first service disruption. Regular synching of your files might slow down the overall bandwidth, or your files might become unavailable from the cloud. Backups and restores are also expected to be done slower from the cloud. And one last drawback is that hacker groups also enjoy the habit of unleashing DDOS attacks on cloud service providers in order to flood their network traffic and slow down service availability.

After reading the 9 benefits and drawbacks mentioned above, you might be wondering: isn’t there a more secure cloud storage solution that I could choose? If this is the thought that crossed your mind, you’re in the right place – let us introduce you to a real game-changer, encrypted cloud storage solutions.

What is cloud encryption and why is it important?

Encryption in a nutshell is making sure by some technical means that valuable data becomes only readable for the intended people. In case of regular cloud storage services, since your data is being transferred constantly without your knowledge and kept mostly at unknown locations by companies you have little control over, encryption became the best way to protect your information whether it’s done, in sessions, in transit, or at rest.

Cloud storage encryption could counter many of the disadvantages we just mentioned in the article. Let’s look at some of them in detail.

III. Benefits of choosing an encrypted cloud storage solution

1: Keep data loss and hackers at bay

Storage providers are sometimes attacked by hacker groups, because they store valuable data for a lot of companies, it’s basically a honeypot. If your data is kept encrypted at all times, even if hackers get hold of your data, it will be of no value to them, as they won’t be able to read it. Ransomware and malware attacks can be rendered essentially harmless this way.

2: Easy compliance with data privacy regulations

With compliance regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, TISAX, CCPA, you need to make sure that certain types of information, like sensitive personal or business information are protected at all times. If you encrypt this type of data, then you safeguard it from data leaks and can pass your compliance audits as well.

IV. How can Tresorit help you?

At Tresorit we believe that our responsibility is rather simple: we encrypt everything in order to know nothing. If you choose Tresorit as your secure cloud storage solution, our patented zero-knowledge encryption technology ensures that only you and the people you selected can access your data, there are no backdoors for anybody else.

Are you interested in finding out more about what makes Tresorit the most secure place in the cloud? We’ve collected all this useful information for you on our Tresorit Security overview page.

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