The cloud is quickly becoming the preferred form of data storage and computing for both private use and business use. The cloud has reached a size and scale that is difficult to comprehend. Neowin reports that there is more than one exabyte of data stored in the cloud, which is the equivalent 1 billion gigabytes. With so many people looking to the cloud for their data and computing needs, here is a look at why you should join the cloud revolution.
One of the biggest reasons the cloud has become so popular a method of data storage is that it allows users to access their data from practically anywhere. All cloud storage services offer an app of some kind that allows you to upload and download files from anywhere with an Internet connection, though most cloud services offer browser-based support as well. This combination of mobile and desktop access allows you to start working on a document on your Mac desktop and then edit it on your iPhone 6 while on the go. You can even access your files from devices that are not even your own, meaning that no matter what the circumstances, your files are on hand.
Cloud services make collaborating with colleagues and friends easy. Rather than an endless chain of emails with documents attached, cloud services like Google Drive allow multiple people in various locations to collaborate on a file at the same time and see edits and changes in real time. Collaboration technology in cloud services usually offers administrative controls that allow you to flag a file as read only or editable for different users, guaranteeing that your files are protected from being edited by the wrong people.
Laptops are lost or stolen, mobile devices break and desktop hard drives break down. Luckily, cloud storage serves as a secure vault for your backups. Today, many of the best website-building services automatically offer cloud storage of website backups. Many cloud data storage services utilize security and encryption algorithms that protect your data from cybercriminals, and many even allow you to use your own encryption key. Finally, most cloud services encrypt your files both in their servers and also during transmission between your device and the cloud.
The cloud is an affordable option when compared to banks of servers that take up an air-conditioned room in your place of business. In fact, many cloud data storage services employ a “freemium” model, in which you get a limited amount of space and service for free and have the ability to upgrade for additional services. For the average user, the free service may very well suit his or her needs. Premium subscriptions often work well for small businesses that are starting to expand. Cloud services vary on how much data storage they offer for free and if they also allow free collaboration services, so be sure to shop around.
The cloud isn’t just for images or documents; it is for any sort of data you can imagine. If you are looking for an easy way to share vacation photos with friends and families, the cloud is right for you. If you are a business looking to collaborate on projects with remote employees, the cloud is also for you. There is a cloud service whose specific design and utilities are right for your purposes, whatever they may be.
~ David J.