CLOUDS in the virtual SKY…

Our second-grade textbooks made us believe that clouds are formed due to precipitation and exist only in the sky. I would have also laughed at the idea of storing my data on cloud years ago, but I would probably be laughed at if I say I do not know if I can do that today. Even though virtual clouds may be virtual to us but they are very real for hundreds and thousands of companies that host their servers for storage.

So what is this CLOUD storage buzz all about?

By definition, in simple terms cloud storage refers to the digital data storage on multiple remote servers managed by a hosting company. For example, a simple USB comes with different space limitations say 8GB or 16 GB for us to store our data. The cloud is something like this USB given by one company to another company or individual on a payable basis for a specific amount of storage.

How does it help people & companies?

Firstly it saves a lot of space. All the files in the form of files, videos, photos, e-books etc. can be stored in the infinite space of the World Wide Web. The benefit that comes along is that data on the cloud can be managed and accessed from any computer or electronic device anywhere through a cloud computing system interface software.

Which all companies provide cloud storage today?

There are many companies that provide cloud data storage facility. Some of them are Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, SugarSync, YouSendIt and more. Some space comes free and additional space beyond this comes at a charge which varies for every company.

What all areas get impacted by cloud computing?

Cloud computing today is an inexpensive, efficient, flexible alternative to purchasing, running and maintaining in-house computing equipment and software. It also gives you the ability to work anywhere at any time because the information is always at your fingertips. So it saves a lot of additional cost for the companies and individuals.

What are the pros & cons of cloud computing?

Well, like every other product or service cloud computing also comes with its set of pros and cons. Let’s talk about the advantages cloud computing offers. Firstly, data stored can be accessed from anywhere, then cloud creates copies of the data, so if there is any data damage or loss, it is not permanently lost.

But when we talk about the disadvantages that come along, we see that data on the cloud cannot be accessed without internet connectivity. Secondly, it brings a risk of data theft as seen in past couple of incidents. However, the cloud cannot exist if individuals do not trust the companies.

So make use of this technological advancement and be a part of the digital transformation…


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