By Stephanie Baskerville on November 17, 2016

5 Benefits of Cloud Computing & 2 Best Cloud Storage Options


Storage of data in the Cloud is not a passing fad that is likely to go away. Since 2010, when the Cloud became a viable option for data storage, adoption rates have been growing significantly as the business proposition of cost savings has become more understood.

Cloud storage adoption is expected to continue to increase significantly in the coming years. By 2016, consumers are expected to store over 36 percent of their data and digital lives in the Cloud, with the average storage per household expected to increase to 3.3 terabytes of data.

On-site solutions will remain a viable option for data storage. However, the usage rate is expected to drop from 93 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2016. The on-site solutions will be replaced primarily by the Cloud.


Benefits of Cloud Computing

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More secure

Considering how prevalent and lucrative ransomware is becoming, Cloud storage is looking like more of a bargain to many organizations, if only to protect against security threats.

Cost Effective

The benefits of Cloud computing come from reducing capital expenditures and eliminating tier 3 storage. Enterprise storage has a high capital cost barrier to deployment where costs are driven by the need to provide resiliency, compliance and rapid scalability.

Better accessibility

Increasing future Cloud storage is driven by users’ desire to access data from not only their PCs but smartphones and tablets as well – adoption of which is expected to increase. Users can easily access data from anywhere in the world.


Businesses are faced with ever increasing storage requirements, especially for long-term storage of unstructured data. Storage costs are not driven by the disk costs but by the need for resiliency, compliance and scalability. By moving to the Cloud, businesses can avoid purchasing new internal tier 1 or tier 2 storage capacity and eliminate internal tier 3 storage capacity.

Energy Efficiency

Another bonus benefit of migrating to public cloud computing is reduction in your electricity bills. Compared to traditional IT environments (i.e. dedicated servers for each application), you can expect up to 90% reduction in energy consumption.


Microsoft OneDrive for Business vs. Google Drive

  Microsoft OneDrive for Business The G Suite
Online Editing Yes Yes
File Versioning Yes Yes
Windows App Yes Yes
iOS App Yes Yes
Android App Yes Table
Paid Plans Included in all Office 365 Business / Enterprise SKUs $6.10 /month for 1TB purchased separately $5/month 30GB, $10/month for unlimited storage
Server Location Global Global
Best Strengths
  • Tight integration with Office 365 products and applications.
  • No fidelity issues for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents from OneDrive.
  • Built for Enterprise collaboration.


  • Easy setup if you already have a Google account.
  • Easy to save attachments from your Google inbox.

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Let’s discuss how the benefits of Cloud computing could positively affect your business!

Over the past three years, ProServeIT has acquired significant expertise in planning and implementing Cloud-based environments. The experienced Cloud team at ProServeIT has migrated over 200,000 users to the Cloud. As part of an evaluation of moving to the Cloud, our experts can show you how to plan for and use Cloud storage to allow you to realize the maximum benefit.




Published by Stephanie Baskerville November 17, 2016