What Is Cloud Storage and How Can You Use It?

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”clouds2

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...]

How Do You Choose A Remote Hard Drive?

Anyone who stores important data on their computer, and that’s just about everyone, needs to understand that if you only have your important data on the computer then you are at extreme risk of losing it.

And by data we don’t just mean important information. It could be anything that’s important to you, like pictures of your family or your recent holiday.

The problem is that computers can fail. The hard disk on your computer stores all if your data, like your photos, and you are relying entirely on that hard drive continuing to operate, and if it fails at any time then chances are your important data is gone. All those family photos are no more.

So is very important that you understand the importance of having your data, like your family photos, in a secondary place, so that if your computer fails then you can just fix your computer and put your photos back on it from your secondary storage.

One of the most important things you can do in your computing life is to have a backup storage solution. And a remote hard drive is such a solution, of course there are others which we will talk about at other times.

To get you started here’s a video running through the basics.

As you can see a remote hard drive is just a second hard drive, like the one in your computer, which you have in another place. So if there is any event which might cause your computer to fail, like a power surge for example, you still have all your important data protected.

So how do you choose your external hard drive?

The first thing you need to do is ask yourself some questions. What will you be using your remote hard drive for? How much spaced you need on it? How often will you be backing up all of your files? How portable should it be in case you need to move it? [Read more...]

What Is Blu-ray And What Is It Used for?

Over the last few years there have been a number of different products released onto the market for storing data. One discof these is the Blu-ray disc.

Blu-ray is a digital optical disc for encoding binary data and storing data. It is a new optical disc format which was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association which was a group put together some of the world’s leading computing and consumer electronics manufacturers.

This included such well-known names as Apple, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Dell, Hitachi and more. As you can see there was significant expertise behind the development of the Blu-ray disc.

It was intended to supersede the old DVD format of data storage. In fact a Blu-ray disc can hold up to 5 times more data than a traditional DVD and can hold up to 25gb of data on a single layer disc.

It is a small plastic disc 120 millimetres in diameter, the same size as traditional DVDs and CDs. It comes in a number of “layers” and each layer can hold 25gb of data, and therefore a quadruple layer disc can hold 128gb of data. More recent developments have even resulted in 20 layer discs which can store 500gb I want single disc.

Blu-ray was developed as a form of high definition optical disc that produced a quality viewing experience when viewing movies, for example. Blu-ray was intended to compete with HD DVDs. It was a format that enabled recording, re-writing and playback of high-definition video, and storage of large amounts of data. [Read more...]

Data Storage Tips for Home Business Owners

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Data storage is an important facet of any business. However, small business owners, especially those running an enterprise at home, often overlook the fact. In this Internet generation, there are many ways you can create a backup for your data files. You should never have a reason not to bite into any of the options available.

Imagine this scenario: you boot your computer to start another business working day but it just won’t. You try a few more times and then you give up, calling in a technician to possibly resolve the issue. The computer technician would tap a couple of keys and then turns to you and asks, “Do you have a backup?”

Without knowing the implications, you would shake your head softly. You will only realize the disaster you got yourself into when you realize you are losing access to the files of your business enterprise – practically everything – and then you become clueless where to start.

If we haven’t stressed enough, creating a backup is very important.

It should be a part of your disaster preparedness program. Anything can happen at any point. Mishaps, either man-made or natural, are inevitable. That’s why you have to store your important files somewhere, besides your physical office, so you can access them anytime you need to, given any condition. In this highly competitive market, even a downtime of a few hours could mean serious loss for your business.

Your staff must be given a walkthrough of the data storage process. Your company will not function properly if your staff are not given light on data backups. Efficient handling of your company files must be the commitment of each of your employees. Doing it sporadically or doing backups on selected files only can have such a strong impact on your operation.

Securing your data files not just against a crash down but also against hackers is critical. You don’t just backup files. You must also ensure that your data are well protected from cyber attacks

Data Storage Tips

Your home business, big or small, will have a growing demand for data storage space. To keep up with the need and protect the lifeblood of your business, you must find an appropriate data storage technology that meets your specifics.

  • Flash Drives. Thumb drives prove to be useful for those who live and thrive with mobile devices. There are some with encryption to offer a level of protection in case the flash drive gets stolen or lost.
  • External Hard Drives. An external hard drive may be connected to your computer periodically to update the files that you store. This is useful, especially when you need to access your business files when you travel.
  • Cloud-Based Storage. Data storage not in a physical tool or hardware but online, protected by a password, is found most useful nowadays. Remote storage has its compelling benefits.

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