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What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage is a way of storing data securely in a remote location which can then be accessed through the internet. This means that a file on your computer can be placed on our servers and then can be accessed via the internet from a range of different devices including computers, laptops, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The SAS Cloud also includes military grade encryption to make sure your files are only accessed by you.
Why is it called the cloud?
The origins of the word “cloud” in relation to computers is obscure, it appears that the use of stylised clouds in early network diagrams made some users call networks clouds. As the internet is a large network, some early adopters in the 90’s called the internet “the cloud”. This phrase was then given to today’s online storage solutions.
How does cloud storage work?
Cloud storage companies actually store your data in secure servers in large data centres. These are the same type of devices which store your Facebook information and your favourite websites. Unlike some other cloud storage companies, the SAS Cloud has its own data centres based in the UK. Storing data in our own centres gives us the ability to provide lots of storage space at highly competitive prices.
What are the advantages of the cloud?
Cloud storage offers users several key advantages over storing files on one computer, these include:
- Safety – Your files are stored securely in the cloud and can be accessed from another computer if your PC or Mac has a malfunction or is stolen.
- Access and edit your files anywhere – With cloud storage you can access your important documents from nearly any device which has an internet connection. The SAS Cloud has several built in apps which allow you to edit text files, spread sheets and images online. This gives you the option to edit docs without having an office suite installed on your device.
- Stream media – Our “SAS Drive” product allows you to play films and music online with the click of a button. There is no need to download the file first – simply click play and sit back and enjoy. We also offer this option for iPhone, iPad and Android users, allowing you to view your favourite entertainment on the go.
I have a small business, can I use SAS instead of a server?
Yes. The SAS Cloud works jut like a shared network drive that your server would use. However, it is only a fraction of the cost. All of your data will be encrypted so only your credentials can access it.
Backing up business files
Consider this: 80% of businesses without a well-structured recovery plan are forced to shut within 12 months following a flood or fire. Yet less than 50% of all UK companies have a business continuity plan. Do you have a plan set in place for emergencies?
The SAS Cloud provides a simple way to backup your files. Our Business accounts allow you to Backup all of your data on every computer in the whole office. We offer a 10 day free trial with no commitment or payment required. This allows you to test out our system before you buy.
SAS Cloud products also offer several key ways to increase productivity in your work place. We have included some methods below;
Sharing files in-house – Each SAS Cloud Business account comes with 3 or more user accounts for your employees. This will allow colleagues to share files between each other in a quick and reliable way. Each user will have an L: drive which contains their own personal SAS Drive and Team Folders, any file placed in the Team folder will be accessible to all user accounts with read or write access to that Team Folder.
Sharing files externally – Do you have problems sending customers files through email? Most email services have a files size limit and take a considerable amount of time to send a file from one computer to another. The SAS Cloud allows you to set up a “share folder” on your account. This can be used to transfer files to non- SAS Cloud users. Simply send your customers or clients a link and they will be able to download your file with ease.
Work from anywhere – Placing your files in the cloud allows you to access them from anywhere. This gives you the ability to edit a PowerPoint before your presentation or access any of your key files during a meeting. Leaving important documents at home or in the office will never be an issue again.
Where is my data stored?
Your data is stored in separate data centres in the UK. Our network is protected by enterprise-grade firewalls ensuring that once your data is on our servers it cannot be lost and only the people you want to access your data can.
How secure is my data?
We use data encryption of the strongest level. Files stored on our servers are encrypted, using military grade, AES-256 encryption. Our data centres have strict access controls to verify staff to gain entry. In the very unlikely event that someone compromised our data storage and stole any data it would be meaningless. This storage encryption is done by our web service on receipt of the file, rather than by the Desktop Sync Software on your PC to allow you to be able to e.g. view files through the web portal, to download the unencrypted files directly from the web portal etc.
The encryption you can use between the Desktop software and our servers is a separate process – more similar to the SSL connection you use when sending data to and from your online bank.
User’s data can only be accessed by being logged in as the user, except where it is shared publicly when it is visible to everyone through the sharing portal.
We have strict processes in place to ensure that the team cannot access customer data stored. We can close an account if the customer violates copyright regulations by publicly sharing data that they do not own, but data stored privately is private and cannot be accessed by staff.
Why should I trust you with my data?
All of your data is just chunks of encrypted data spread across all of our data centres. It doesn’t even have a any file names, just strings of numbers that don’t mean anything.