What is Cloud Storage?
Cloud Storage is data stored through multiple file servers at a remote location. Cloud storage requires an internet connection to download and upload data. A portal is typically used to logon to your cloud provider. Traditionally data is stored on a local desktop laptop computer hard disk. Whereas cloud storage is dependent on cloud providers.
Why Does Cloud Storage Matter?
Most of you may already have cloud storage available at your disposal. Chances are if you have a Hotmail or Gmail account you will have some form of cloud storage. For example, Microsoft uses OneDrive and Google uses Google Drive for free cloud storage. Cloud providers are responsible for distributing data that readily available and accessible to their users. Businesses can often subscribe, buy, purchase, and lease their desired storage requirements.
There are many factors to include when considering cloud storage:
- Saving documents to a folder can create storage limits.
- The risks of saving files on the local disk (threats, hackers, malware, viruses, etc.)
- Carrying thumb drives can become tedious and cumbersome.
- The pitfalls of losing a thumb drive.
- Migrating files from one computer to another.
- Small businesses are unprepared for a disaster recovery (power outage, fires, earthquakes, etc.) most cloud servers are collocated at a different locations.
- For increased storage needs, payments can be processed monthly, annually, and subscription based.
- The cost of creating and maintaining onsite backup solutions can become costly.
- Businesses can choose between public, private, and hybrid clouds.
- Sharing files can be made easy (varies from cloud provider).
- The ease of accessing the cloud through multiple devices (think BYOD).
- Most cloud storage providers have web apps.
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