Right from the advent of computers storing data has been the essence of everything otherwise what good it could do? In the good old days we used computer hard drives, CDs and floppy disks to store data: text documents, pictures, videos, etc. but nowadays storing of all your data has literally become quite high-tech and high-flying! The most common way of storing data nowadays is the Cloud.
For the beginners, what exactly is a Cloud? And where does all our stuff go and gets stored? Just like you keep your valuables in a bank vault or locker, Cloud is just a virtual counterpart of it. So basically, it is a virtual locker or safe or vault where you can store all your data remotely and safeguard it with a password of your choice.
But that doesn’t mean all your data is hanging around somewhere in the atmosphere. What actually happens is, when you upload or store a file on a cloud based service like Google Drive or Dropbox or iCloud, the file gets copied over the internet into the data server. Data servers are no virtual places though. They are actual, physical places where companies store all your files on multiple drives.
Most of the Cloud companies have hundreds of such servers known as server farms in multiple locations. So in an untoward incident you were to lose all your data in your PC you will have a backup of it on these servers. This is known as ‘Redundancy’ and it keeps your data safe from being destroyed.
Storage on Google Drive starts from 15GB no charges and can be increased up to 30 TB by paying 300 dollars a month which is what is roughly followed by other Cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive. The biggest advantage of cloud storage is that you don’t have to carry all your data in a physical hard drive or something like that. You can simply access it from any internet-enabled device.
Also even if your hard drive gets damaged, you would still have access to all your data stashed safely in the cloud.
Just like any other technology, this too comes with its limitations, for ex. In August 2014, an iCloud hack lead to the leak of numerous private photographs of many celebrities. But all in all, cloud storage can be a great way of creating space on your device, giving you an easy way to access your data from anywhere and also as a way to safeguard your data from being destroyed.
Author: Technology Blog
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