Cloud Storage is a way that has been created to store your images, documents and whatever other digital doohickies on a “virtual” storage drive. And no it is not a physical thing like an actual cloud. Well, technically it is a physical thing. By that, I mean that it’s all stored across several servers across different locations, so while it may seem virtual to you, it is actually stored somewhere around the world on a server.
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What else is there to know about cloud storage?
The digital data is stored in a logical pool.
A logical pool is a ton of resources located in one place ready to be accessed and used.
These pools of data are all handled by a hosting company such as Google with its cloud storage service for example. Obviously, there are more hosting services out there but Google seems to be the easiest to remember.
The host handles all the data and makes sure their service and the data itself is secure for customers to use. And it has to be, this is everyone’s private digital data we’re talking about here.
Well, that actually depends if you plan on using cloud storage in the first place. For most of us cloud storage is unnecessary. The fact that devices are gaining more storage space as technology evolves makes cloud storage less of a need too.
But the problem with using local storage is this. When you lose, format or get a new device, the data that was on your old device just magically disappears.
I say disappear but we all know where it went.
Why you should be using Cloud Storage
Anyway, the good thing about “virtual” storage is that wherever you go and whatever device you use, you’ll always have access to the data that you saved when you backed it up to the interwebs. That is, if you have internet access, your login details, and if you have already backed up the data in the first place. So remember to do that.
This type of storage is perfect for those constantly changing devices. Or for those who have very little space to store their most precious photos and memories or documents.
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- Your data is easily accessible as long as you have the login details.
- It may be cheaper than buying more physical storage for certain devices such as PCs and Laptops. It also prevents you from needing a new phone with more storage since you can just back things up to the cloud. So again, maybe it is cheaper.
- Data is easily moveable between your devices when using it.
- Considering all the hardware and software is handled by your host, you wouldn’t have to worry about your drive crashing or phone exploding.
What’s the downside though?
Well, it’s not free, well, only a bit is. For instance Google Drive gives you about 15GB while OneDrive gives you about 5GB. If you want more and need the upgrade you’ll have to pay a fee for the extra space.
With Google Drive, upgrading to the Google One plan would give you 100GB of cloud storage. The amount of storage given to you may vary depending on the plan you choose, though.
Besides that there are a few more downsides
- You need internet to access it, so if you’re having connection problems or just have no internet then there may be no way to access it.
- And since were talking about not being able to access it, what happens if your hosting service has a bit of a downtime or nap? Well, that means you won’t be able to access those files you saved until they are online/awake again.
- Privacy might be a bit of an issue since it’s all handled by a hosting company. But there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. They won’t invade our privacy, would they? Okay, I’m just kidding your stuff is safe from prying eyes… maybe, queue evil laugh.
- And speaking of privacy, hackers may be able to access those files if and that’s a BIG if they are able to hack their way through the hosting services’ security.
- There may be additional costs that come with both uploading and downloading files.
- Last but not least, support from cloud services may not be the best around town. You may have to go through FAQ and forums most of the time.
Hope this helped you be more informed
If you feel I missed anything or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.
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