Technology: Cloud Storage

Three options for your data storage

Organization and communication are key to running a successful studio. With cloud storage—storing data online via a virtual server—you can keep track of syllabi, schedules, music, rehearsal footage and important business documents so your faculty and staff can reference them at any time. Here are three cloud storage options that will let you take your business anywhere you have internet access.

Google Drive offers a plan for $10/user/month with unlimited cloud storage. If you constantly communicate via Gmail, this service makes it simple. A Drive icon appears on any attachment in your e-mail account, giving you the option to upload it to the drive with one click.

Dropbox’s business plan is $15/user/month, and, unlike many cloud storage services, it’s compatible with any device: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire. Plus, more than 300,000 third-party apps work with Dropbox, giving it top accessibility.

SpiderOak’s plan is $5/user/month. This service’s biggest selling point is its twofold security. Both your data and password are encrypted, so no one—not even SpiderOak—can access your information. You’re never at risk of being hacked or compromised.

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Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

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Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

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