Have you ever received an urgent request for a file, but it is in the office? Did you have to go back? Did you have to call someone to get it for you?
Recently, I received an email from a reader who utilizes two cloud storage solutions to meet his farm office needs. He saves purchase information and farm records right away on the go.
You too can save precious time with cloud file storage that backs up your computer files and makes them accessible online. These solutions sync files and folders among all locations that you set up including your hard drive, cloud storage on the company's server and they are visible, or in some cases downloadable, from your smartphone. Here are a few options for free file storage and backup online:
OneDrive – OneDrive, previously known as SkyDrive, is Microsoft's solution for cloud storage. If your business utilizes Microsoft Office products, this solution is ideal for you. You can edit Microsoft Office documents right from your browser, and access documents from anywhere an internet connection is available. OneDrive comes with free storage up to 7 GB.
Google Drive – Google Drive works much the same as OneDrive, and you can edit common office files—whether or not you like the interface to edit those files is more of a personal preference. Google Drive comes with 15 GB of free storage.
Dropbox – Dropbox is similar to both OneDrive and Google Drive; however, you cannot directly edit office files from the solution. Dropbox works on nearly every device, and allows you to download files to your smartphone or tablet. Dropbox comes with 2 GB of free storage.
Online cloud storage is an excellent option to keep files accessible, backed up and secure.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.