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In the early days, we have used to store data in punch cars, tapes and finally in the recent past stored data in hard disks. With the development of technology humans cold build portable storage devices like floppy disks, CD, DVD, pen drives, memory cards and even portable hard drives with few terabytes of capacity.
As the next generation of storage devices, cloud storage first came to the scene in the 70th decade. This is very useful and commonly used technology in modern days. So let’s take a look at what is cloud storage and its benefits.
What is a cloud storage
Cloud storage is a method of storing data in a remote server or physical storage that is owned/managed by a hosting company. So the cloud can be virtual to the user, but for the hosting service, the cloud is a physical environment like a server. In simple words, a cloud is a remote place to store data that you can access from any computer. Let’s get into much deeper and see how does it work.
How does it work?
A cloud user sends data/files manually or automatically to the cloud over the internet. That data saves in a system of servers that are managed by a hosting company. User has the access to read, write, or delete files in a specific portion of that storage in the server according to the price you pay. Therefore this works as a remote hard drive to
Cloud storage providers
There are plenty of cloud storage service providers. I get the best providers to make it easy.
1. Google Drive by Google :
Free for 15GB.
200GB: $2.99 per month.
2. One Drive by Microsoft
The paid plan starts at $1.99 per month.
3. iCloud by Apple
5GB free. 50GB for $0.99 a month (£0.79, AU$1.49).
200GB for $2.99 (£2.24, AU$4).
2TB for $9.99 (£8, AU$13)
Only available for Apple device users.
Plans for Individuals start at $8.25/ month.
Plans for teams start at $12.50/user/month
Free for 10GB.
The paid plan starts at $10/month.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Data redundancy. Cloud storage vendors usually keep multiple copies of your data to offer a great object durability to reduce any likelihood of data loss. Furthermore, geographic replication options can make multiple copies of your data across regions. Some offer geo-replication as a storage class option, while others offer replication services that quickly move data between data centers. Your backups are well protected.
- Ransomware protection. If you’re hit by ransomware or some other malware that is encrypting or destroying files, you can be happy because your cloud storage can protect your files against ransomware with some advanced security features.
- Regulatory compliance. Many cloud vendors offer data centers options all around the globe. You can store your EU customer data in an EU data center by using a cloud storage vendor that can accommodate.
Here are a few drawbacks.
- Restore may be slow. Cloud storages need a good internet bandwidth and rated cloud storage speed. Therefore restoring an entire server may take longer according to your connection speed.
- High internet utilization. If you have to run your backups during times of heavy internet use, your internet-related activity performances can suffer. Therefore internet bandwidth may need to be controlled.
- Cost. You can easily copy-paste files in a physical storage drive. But for cloud storage, you have to upload files. Therefore there are extra costs for data charges.
Cloud storage is a very much popular topic nowadays especially because of its convenience in accessing data from any device. Even in the Internet of things devices use cloud storages to store data.