For just about as long as computers have been available to and popular among the general public, we’ve sought more convenient ways to store data separately from devices. Early examples of external means of storage were floppy disks and CDs, and more recently people have been more inclined to use USB drives, and even external hard drives. But the latest development in the quest to store data conveniently and securely, but separately from computers and other devices, is by using the cloud storage. (if you don’t know what cloud is, you should read this)
So, how exactly does cloud storage work, and how does it help you to more effectively manage and store your data? In short, the concept of “the cloud storage” serves to enable you to digitally save data online, rather than on your computer or on an external device such as a USB flash drive or a CD. But here are a few more specific words on how storing data in cloud works and what it offers you.
Typically, when you save a digital file – whether it be a photograph, a video file, or simply a written document – that file is saved onto your computer’s hard drive. This effectively preserves the file and allows you easy access – but it also leaves your saved data vulnerable to potential issues. For example, if you save a document to a computer’s hard drive and that computer is lost, damaged, digitally corrupted, or even stolen, that document might be lost forever. We all know that feeling.
What storing your data in the cloud means is that it allows you to save your data on physical servers located off-site, through the Internet. When you save a file to your cloud network, the file is placed on servers operated by your provider, whether that be a massive tech company like Apple or a file sharing and cloud storage provider like Sharefile. These servers are typically protected by the very best digital security, and located in secure facilities guaranteeing their safety and protection.
With data saved on cloud servers, you are able to access it from any device that can connect you to the Internet. For example, if you want to download a file that you started on your computer to your smart phone, you can do so simply by accessing your cloud directory and locating the file. Naturally, this ability offers a great deal of convenience and flexibility in your work and data syncronisation across your devices.
Additionally, the ability to save files to cloud servers and access them from various devices eliminates the vulnerability that comes with saving data on your own hard drive. You will no longer be subject to the risk of losing data in the event that your computer is lost or damaged, because that data will remain safely preserved “off-site,” in the cloud’s servers, where it can easily be accessed from a new device, and the data will be just the same as before.
Ultimately, these simple but revolutionary benefits are changing the ways in which people collaborate, work online, and even store personal files. From individuals to large businesses, everyone is realizing the unmatched convenience and data protection that cloud computing offers. Sooner or later, you will find yourself using cloud services in one way or another, since there is no doubt that is the future. And it has already arrived.