Web developers tend to need a lot of server storage. Aside from needing testing and development environments for the projects you are working on, you’ll also have an archive of your previous projects, an array of tools and a multitude of templates, plugins and themes ready to use off the shelf. When it comes to storage, you’ll want a solution that provides the capacity you need, is secure, convenient and cost-effective. Here, we’ll explain why cloud storage is the best solution for a web developer.
1. All the storage you’ll ever need
The amount of storage space a web developer needs will consistently increase over time. This can be an issue if you are always running out of storage as it can impact the performance of your server and lead to disruption if you need to migrate to a different solution.
One key benefit of storing your data in the cloud is that, regardless of how much data you accumulate, a cloud-based solution can quickly be upgraded to accommodate your growing needs. You’ll have all the storage you could ever require without having to move it from one solution to another.
2. Easy accessibility
One of the chief lessons from the pandemic is that we need to be able to access data easily from anywhere. With web developers asked to work from home and clients unable to visit the office, working on projects and collaborating with clients are reliant on internet access.
With a cloud-based solution, you, your clients and any other collaborator can work together from anywhere. Files are centrally stored and if someone updates a file, the new version is accessible to everyone. What’s more, cloud storage means you can quickly deal with your clients’ issues from anywhere you have an internet connection, helping you improve the quality of the service you offer.
3. Stronger security
As a web developer, you’ll be working on projects that have sensitive business intelligence. No company wants the their website files being accessed by others. Nor, of course, do you want your work hacked, infected or ransomed.
Cloud storage has to conform to strict security regulations and vendors employ security experts and advanced technologies to keep their infrastructure secure. This includes the latest firewalls, anti-malware and intrusion prevention tools, backups, encryption, VPN, secure connection protocols and more.
Additionally, being in the cloud, you are protected against data loss through hardware failure. If there is a hardware issue in a cloud datacentre, the virtual server on which your data is stored is simply moved to another physical machine.
With security measures of your own added to the mix (access rights, strong passwords and two-factor authentication, etc.) your cloud-stored data will be highly secure.
4. Cost-effective storage
Cloud storage is more cost-effective than storing your data on an in-house server or paying to rent a dedicated server from a host. Compared to a dedicated server on which you may have far more storage than you actually need, the cloud ensures you have the right amount without wasting money on redundant space.
5. More convenient
Aside from being able to access your data from anywhere, cloud storage provides other conveniences. For example, it frees you from the need to connect to internal networks and takes away the risk of using external storage devices which are prone to damage and are easily lost or stolen. What’s more, with all your data centrally located in one place, it will make organising and finding files far easier. You should also consider the fact that SSD-based cloud servers provide blistering performance, speeding up the work you do.
6. Backups and disaster recovery
Besides storing your current projects in the cloud, you can also use it to store backups. Losing data can be catastrophic to a web developer, setting you back weeks or months on a job and even losing you vital contracts.
With hacking, malware and ransomware attacks increasing and the potential for accidental deletion, cloud backups enable web developers to restore their data quickly should such a disaster occur. In this way, you can recover sooner and prevent the effects of long-term disruption.
Automated cloud backups can be scheduled at the intervals you require; they are checked for integrity, giving reassurance that they aren’t corrupted; they are encrypted for security; stored remotely from your online server or other cloud storage and don’t use up any of their storage space.
Cloud storage provides web developers with many benefits compared to storing data on-site or on other forms of hosting. You’ll always have enough capacity, your data is secure and easily accessible, it’s convenient, making collaboration and remote working easy, it’s very cost-effective and ideal for backups and disaster recovery.