Cloud Storage Part I

Posted on: Friday, September 14, 2018

A Cloud storage is a system that allows you to store data such as your songs, videos, applications or codes on the cloud(internet).  The idea is very similar to your physical storage devices such as USB storage but information save on the cloud can be accessed from any device as long as the device is connected to the internet.

In a nutshell, a cloud storage needs just one data server connected to the internet. A user who has subscribed to a cloud storage service send the data to the cloud, then the client can view, edit, remove or manipulate the data from anywhere using the web-based interface. A simple example could be Google Docs.  You can create a new document in the Google drive in Ottawa using your home computer, then you should be able to access the data from another computer when you travel to Montreal.

Many big organizations and individual are quickly replacing physical storage system with cloud storage as it is easy to access their data as well as it is a much convenient way to collaborate on a project with other people who works in the same office or remotely.

The advantage of using Cloud storage compare to physical storage:

  1. Employees can work from anywhere
  2. Accessibility
  3. Enhanced Security
  4. Cost Saving
  5. Increase collaboration
  6. Disaster recovery

The disadvantage of cloud storage:

  1. No physical access to the data
  2. Internet connection  is required to access your data
  3. Dependency on the network connection
  4. Less control on the pricing of the storage
  5. Bandwidth limitation can slow data transfer to or from the cloud
  6. Although the cloud system is secure, a hacker can still manage to find a way to attack and pose a security risk

The best five cloud storage provides in 2018 according to techRadar are:

  1. DropBox
  2. Google Drive
  3. Mega
  4. OneDrive
  5. iCloud

In the next segment of this Bolg, we will discuss which companies are the main cloud storage provider and introduce the key cloud storage specs.

In general, cloud storage allows small and big companies to off-load the hassle and cost of IT management. It has many advantages of moving from the traditional physical storage to a more centralized storage. As with any technology, cloud storage has its own drawbacks.  Hence, before moving your sensitive information to the cloud you should do a research which cloud service meets your requirement.

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