Whether you own a large company or a small business you probably have a lot of data you need to manage, store and share with your employees, colleagues or partners. There are various methods to do that and many computer owners consider it a serious challenge to find the right ways for storing all the information regarding their business. Some of us rely on large hard drives, others like external storage devices more, like compact discs or thumb drives. And others like to keep their information updated and for that they delete whole files of data trying to make space for the new data they want to store. So if you are in such difficulty you might also wonder how to make more space for your valuable information.
Cloud storage – a growing trend
Believe it or not, we are not talking about weather here. This is a new way of storing huge amount of data on an off-site storage system that is maintained by a third party. It is all about storing your stuff on a remote database instead of a local device such as a hard drive. The connection to the database is made through the internet. In many aspects cloud storage has various advantages over local data storage. For example, you can access your stored information from any location in the world as long as you have an internet connection. You don’t have to take your computer with you or any storage device. You can even share the information with others so you can make your personal project a team work involving anyone you want from all over the world.
I myself used cloud storage when I developed my web store and as I couldn’t handle all the work by myself I got some collaborators that I worked with through cloud storage. It makes things much easier, believe me.
What to look for?
You can choose between hundreds of cloud storage systems based on the type of information you need to store. For example if you have a lot of e-mails to keep you can opt for e-mail message storage, or if you need to save a large amount of images, you can go for a storage that handles digital pictures. Basically a cloud storage system needs one data server that is connected to the internet. The customer, who can be a computer user who subscribes to a cloud storage service for example, sends copies of the files he wants to be saved and the server records the data and when the client wants to retrieve the information he accesses the server through an interface on the web. Many cloud storage clients use this kind of storage space to make a backup for the information on their local files. This is a great way to take the advice: ‘Don’t put all your eggs into one basket’.
Cloud storage has gained worldwide popularity ever since e-mail providers and social networks became largely used. Some examples of more popular and massively used cloud storage systems are Facebook, Gmail, Google Docs, even though you might not think of them as cloud storage systems.