The role of the Cloud in modern IT is now reaching mass acceptance with services such as Office365 helping companies to make the switch to hosted and disaster-proof solutions that make commercial sense.  Our email is hosted, our software licences are subscription based, our telephony is VoIP but what about files? Traditionally company data is hosted on a local file server offering itself up as the ‘Z’ drive (or similar) with remote access over a VPN or via a portal into the company premises. With the emergence of Cloud technology, clients are coming to us to investigate how file storage fits in to all of this.

With modern working life increasingly based on an access-anywhere model, hosted file-sharing certainly has a role to play but unlike other Cloud offerings it doesn’t signal the end of on-site resource. Your IT solution must. above all things, give you the right tools and practice for your business. It isn’t about mindlessly pushing the Cloud in opposition to all things, your solution must reflect how you use your data and when you need to access it. OneDrive provides a way to get to your personal documents from any location, SharePoint provides an online replacement for company shared files but there is still an argument for local files in your office for most businesses. An office-based architect running large CAD files does not need these sat across an internet connection but a sales team running around between appointments will benefit from easy access to files via the Cloud.

 What we now have now are options and the challenge for IT companies is to tailor the solution to fit the client. When it comes to file storage, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.