You have to submit a report first thing in the morning and you’re on your way to your workplace in a train. Your report requires minor edits which you work on using your smart phone or tablet device. When you get to your office, you want the same report that you worked on but with the convenience of a laptop or a desktop. How can you get the same report that you worked on your smart phone or tablet across your laptop or computer? For that, online data storage is the solution.

What is Online Data Storage?

Small and medium businesses in Canada are getting ‘smarter’. Web-supported devices have made it easier to access documents and make back and forth communication. Online data storage is a service offered by commercial data centers. Once you sign up for a service, it provides you data storage space which is available around the clock via the internet. The Patriot Act however allows US authorities to track online records and data of US-linked companies that operate in Canada. Though there is no reasonable ground for such orders, it is an act of investigation to prevent international terrorism. But the reforms to the act in 2004 have provided better protection to Canadians’ personal information from unauthorized access by law enforcement agencies in the US.

Why is Online Data Storage Important?

Online data storage services have been around for quite some time, but they have become more relevant for businesses recently. Popular services like DropBox, Skydrive and Google Drive are simple to use and provide large data storage spaces at viable costs. Since internet access has matured and web-supported devices have become readily available, USB drives and emails have become a redundant source of data storage. Here are some reasons why online data storage is so important for your business in Canada:

Access from Anywhere – All you need is a computer or a mobile device and an internet connection to access your digital content from anywhere. Multiple employees can work on a file and at the end of the day, they all get access to a universal file.

Easy Recovery – If you intend to replace the IT systems in your office, all you need to do is reinstall the service in the new devices, as all your important documents are in the storage server.

Disaster and Theft Proof – It helps to know that your sensitive and confidential data is safe when Mother Nature strikes, or when your IT systems get stolen. Private cloud servers provide an added degree of security against theft.

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