Web Storage Space

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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While the most common pitch for server space on the Internet is a web presence, it's far from the only use of remote servers. Offsite data storage is just as much of a plus. Whether you're thinking in terms of enterprise applications or small business file backups, online storage and file sharing are an easy, secure, and cost-effective way to distribute information.

For a start, organizations that use web storage space for daily operations as well as data backups see a greatly reduced volume of email. This alone is a significant gain in server load strain and freeing bandwidth. It also has a positive domino effect on network servers in reducing the possibility of directory harvest attacks and denials of service, and the threat of spam, email-borne viruses, and devastating Trojan horses.

Building web storage into a network infrastructure makes documents and files available to an entire network of qualified users. That availability also greatly improves the timeliness of information delivery by eliminating both the delays inherent in disseminating traditional hard-copy documents and the mentioned problems that email distribution is so fraught with. Additionally, web storage can streamline the process of collaboration by internal and external players on critical projects.

The Future of Offsite Web Storage

While there are far more Internet services companies offering web presence accounts than there are offering or touting offsite data storage, the numbers are still significant. Furthermore, the combination of technological advances, consumer demand and the changing face of communications in the 21st century is a robust one. The evolution of IT will likely see a proliferation of firms such as Iron Mountain and Zantaz (at the high end) and iBackup and Web-a-File (at the retail consumer end).

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