People have been using remote hard drives for some time as a backup solution for their main computer. A remote hard drive is a secondary hard drive that sits outside your computer, and which you use to transfer your data so that it is stored in a secure secondary place.
However there is now another option which is more recent, and a lot of people are not familiar with it. That’s “the cloud”
So what is “the cloud”?
Cloud storage is simply another way of storing your data somewhere else. It is still stored on a computer somewhere, it is just said that that computer is “in the cloud”.
Now of course that doesn’t mean that your data is stored somewhere up in the sky. In fact cloud storage really has nothing at all to do with storms and weather. It is really just a way of referring to another way of storing your data remotely, via the Internet.
Cloud storage is a method of data storage using somebody else’s computers. In fact there are usually a large number of computers all housed in one place and these places are called “data centers”.
And if you are using cloud storage for backing up your files then you access that data center over the Internet and send your files over the net to a “server”, which is just another computer.
And if you wish to retrieve that information or to access it you do so over the Internet.
This has various advantages as well as disadvantages. Let’s say you go overseas. If you have a remote hard drive but you don’t take it with you then you can’t access your files on it. But if you have cloud storage then you can access the information from anywhere. [Read more...]