Finding enough storage space to hold all the data we’ve acquired is a real challenge. Some people have invested in larger hard drives while others prefer external storage devices like thumb drives or compact discs. The desperate ones might delete entire folders worth of old files in order to make space for new information. But some are choosing to rely on a growing trend: cloud storage.
What exactly is meant by Cloud Storage?
According to Wikipedia, cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties. Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require their data to be hosted buy (get a free allocation) or lease storage capacity from them. The data center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to the requirements of the customer and expose them as storage pools, which the customers can themselves use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resource may span across multiple servers.
Cloud storage services may be accessed through a web service application programming interface (API), or through a Web-based user interface.
Cloud Storage Advantages:
- Access to your files, pictures, videos and the likes from anywhere in the world.
- There is no need of a physical storage device like the external hard drive or a thumb drive.
- You can access your files on any device be it android, iOS, Windows or a MAC.
- No management required.
- No syncing required.
- It is easy to set up.
- Very useful for research/joint projects. Everyone working on the project can have access to the latest copy of the document without seeing the other party.
The two biggest concerns about cloud storage are reliability and security. Clients aren’t likely to entrust their data to another company without a guarantee that they’ll be able to access their information whenever they want and no one else will be able to access it without their authorisation. The reputation of the company offering the cloud service goes a long way in subscribing for their service.
The leading players in this area are Apple (iCloud), Microsoft (SkyDrive), Dropbox and the Google’s new “Drive”.
What you need?
- Ensure you desired device is up-to-date.
- You need an active internet connection
- Visit the site of the company of your choice (Google/Dropbox/Microsoft/Apple) and sign up/download.
- Follow the instructions needed for setting up.
- You can begin to upload your files to your virtual hard drive.
Do have a splendid virtual experience.