As a busy web developer, you’ll no doubt see how quickly your storage requirement increases. Besides needing somewhere to store your growing historical portfolio, you’ll also need an environment to house your apps and tools and work on existing projects.
For a modern storage solution to be fit for purpose, it needs to be secure, cost-effective, and offer scalable capacity and online access. A solution that ticks all those boxes is cloud storage and here we discuss its chief benefits for web developers.
- Never run out of storage space
When you work magic for your clients, there’s a high probability that they are going to come back at some point to ask you to make enhancements or changes to the website or app you created for them. This means that you’ll need to keep all your past work safely stored so you can work on them again in the future without having to start from scratch.
At the same time, you may have an abundance of tools that you need quick and easy access to for your existing work, plus storage space for development and testing purposes. What this means, of course, is that the amount of storage you need is always going to get bigger. If you have a solution with a fixed capacity, such as a VPS or dedicated server, there may come a time when an upgrade is essential.
However, this can be a costly solution and may not provide the additional capacity as quickly as you need it. These issues do not occur when you have cloud storage as you can scale up capacity on-demand and without ever needing to migrate data from one hosting solution to another. Nor will you need to purchase a new server to provide that capacity.
- Online accessibility
Cloud storage comes with the benefit that your data and files can be accessed over the internet from anywhere with a connection. This frees you from working in the office, enabling you to work from home or at your clients’ premises. At the same time, it lets you collaborate easily with other project members, such as copywriters and content creators, and gives clients access to their websites or apps so they can provide feedback easier during the development process.
Additionally, with files being stored in a central online location, any update is instantly accessible by all, and issues caused by someone mistakenly working on a legacy version are avoided.
- More cost-effective than in-house server
With storage requirements always increasing, web developers need to make sure they manage the costs effectively. Upgrading to a dedicated server may provide large amounts of storage and great performance, but such solutions are very expensive and you may end up paying for more capacity than you currently need.
With cloud storage, there is no hardware expenditure as you only pay for the service with a more manageable monthly fee. What’s more, as scalability is built-in and charged for on a pay-per-use basis, you only pay for the storage you use – nothing is wasted on redundant capacity.
- Robust security
Like any other business, web developers need to keep their data safe and ensure that their system is protected against cybercriminal attacks. Doing so requires both in-house security expertise and the deployment of advanced and expensive security solutions – both of which can be difficult for web developers to acquire.
Cloud vendors are obliged to put robust security in place in order to comply with regulations. For this reason, they do have the latest security tools and the security talent on board. This means your data and files are protected by next-gen firewalls, secure connection protocols and malware and intrusion prevention tools. Data loss can also be caused by hardware failure.
This is not an issue in the cloud as your storage is held on virtual servers. If hardware problems occur, the virtual server is simply switched to a different machine.
- Backups and continuity
You never know when a disaster will strike and if you are unprepared, those projects you have spent so much time working on might be lost, forcing you to restart from scratch, miss deadlines and potentially lose customers. Besides using the cloud to store your files, you can also use a cloud backup solution.
Cloud-based backups have several important advantages over other methods. You can schedule automated backups to take place at the frequency you need, so you never lose any of your recent work; they are stored remotely, so if something happens to your server, they are unaffected; they are encrypted for security and, importantly, checked for integrity so that you know they’ll work if you need them.
- Other benefits
With centralised online storage, you’ll no longer need to worry about your data being stored across multiple machines or on external drives. This means you won’t get confused about project versions, files won’t get mislaid, everything will be accessible from one place and the risk of devices breaking or being stolen won’t be an issue.
The cloud enables you to manage your storage more effectively and make it more secure through the use of logical access, VPNs and privileges.
Compared to on-site storage, the cloud offers several key benefits to busy web developers. You’ll never run out of storage space or need to invest in expensive hardware, your data and files are protected by robust security, you, your collaborators and your clients can have easy online access to your files, and data can be stored and managed in a centralised location.