When we mention cloud computing, we don’t actually mean the cloud in the sky. It has nothing to do with those white fluffy things; but the similarity between these two clouds is – you can see them from anywhere in the world. Of course those aren’t the same cloud yet they look same – and that’s what we count for the hypothesis. Cloud storage is an online storage that you can access from any location when you have an internet connection. That’s like seeing the ‘same’ cloud from any place you prefer. Data storage and access have become easier and safer than ever; reliable as well.
Remember zip drives and floppy disks? Even a moderate bang on their surface would erase all your data. And now data stored on these cloud storages are almost indestructible unless or until you delete them by yourself.
How do you sign up for a cloud service?
Signing up for one is really easy! To begin, you only need an email address and set up your own credentials with the cloud service provider. There are popular online cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive etc. There are free and paid options. Free options usually get you a lesser amount of storage while the paid options offer upgrade to higher storage capacity. Most users won’t really need anything above a free subscription but if they do, the providers always their doors open.
A cloud setup would definitely require an active internet connection. If you do not have access to the internet, then you can’t use cloud storage. The cloud storage services appear like the data is stored on your device, just like any other data but they actually are not. They are stored on an international server accessible from pretty much anywhere in the world and your computer or device continuously syncs between the server and the device to ensure flawless connectivity.
Types of Cloud Storage
Typically, there are four types of cloud storages and they are more than sufficient to suit one’s needs. They are public, private, community and hybrid cloud storage services. Public cloud storages are open to all; only an internet connection is required to access data. A username and password might be required, though, unless the data is open to all. The private cloud storage services are basically for different organizations for internal data transfer and easy access of information. Community cloud storage service is pretty much the same but these are inter-organization cloud storage. Two or more companies or other organization can share data at ease using a community cloud storage service. And hybrid cloud storage service combines any two or more types of cloud service together.
Carrying data on portable flash or hard drives are still slightly risky since they can get lost. Data stored on cloud storages never get lost and they remain safe as well. In that sense cloud storages are very useful. Also if you require using the same data on many devices, then cloud storages could provide you that convenience.
Cloud Storages are the future of storage system. There are NAS devices as well, which are cloud storage devices but connected to a home or small office setup network for added advantage of a local cloud. Currently, cloud storages serve to be the most convenient data storage method.