Today I want to tell you about why you should set up your own private cloud for your home office or creative business, but first a story.
My business has been going through quite a bit lately. Some good, some bad. Let’s get the bad out-of-the-way. I have been having some serious computer issues. I limped it along for months but finally had to send it off for repairs. As y’all know, my computer is a major part of how I make a living and it’s really not possible for me to get much done without it. Luckily I was able to borrow a computer but it still hasn’t been easy. I had to save all my files to a drive making sure I didn’t forget any fonts, graphics, working files, estimates, etc. Not fun.
Another challenge is that I’ve always worked from a laptop. I like the versatility but it’s not ideal as my only computer. I have been contemplating getting a desktop but I wasn’t sure how I’d work on both without constantly sending files back and forth.
Now the good! Something else going on behind the scenes right now is that I’m bringing on some part-time help in the design studio, exciting but scary! I’m so used to working alone. Everything is organized in my head but having employees means that everyone needs to be on the same page. So I’m working on some new processes and implementing some new technology. We all need access to the same files, otherwise, things will get very confusing.
I wasn’t really sure how to achieve all of this seamlessness that I was after. Then with absolutely perfect timing WD, a Western Digital Company saved the day by providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review… serious dream come true. This is what I was looking for and I didn’t even know it. Personal cloud storage! Basically, it is a physical hard drive connected to your Internet that you can access from anywhere. Totally ideal for small office and home office businesses.
Why I Love Private Cloud Storage
- one-time cost – unlike many public cloud options, the drive just has a one-time cost, purchase the drive and you’re done. You can also add as many users as you need!
- easy setup – plug it in and go through the simple setup and you’re up and running with an intuitive interface
- security – allows you to set up permissions-based folders so you can give an employee or family member limited access to access or upload files
- peace of mind – knowing your data is backed up and secure with cloud storage for small businesses makes it easier to focus on other things to make your business successful
- wireless backups – the drive gets plugged into a power source and your internet during setup but never directly to your computer so your backups happen without you even thinking about it
- file sharing – easily generate email links for files or folders. When a client clicks on the link they are given a zip of the files you selected. This allows you to send files that are too large for email.
- anytime, anywhere access – with mobile and desktop apps you are not limited to what you can fit on your phone – if you download the app you can view all files from your drive at home. You can connect multiple computers and devices for seamless integration.
- automatic transfer via camera – you can connect your camera directly to the drive and it copies files automatically
- storage space – photos from my blog take up a lot of space and I NEVER delete client projects. Luckily the My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options, up to 8TB, to choose from.
- speed – files load much faster to the EX2 than they do to a remote cloud.
- working remotely – I want to be able to travel and I want employees to work from anywhere. A drive like this is such a huge benefit when working in multiple offices, computers or on the road.
- streaming – stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles
If you have a small business, you really need to get one of these systems! I can’t believe I’m only now setting one up!
Many thanks to WD for letting me try the private cloud with the EX2. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you and all opinions are my own. The two photos of me are by Hannah Hudson Photography.