The definition of  Cloud Storage Explained

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Cloud Storage in basic terms would mean  “a virtual hard drive”. It is used by different online hosting sites for storing online data in virtual storage pools.

Even though it forces one to imagine that all the data of a single file is stored in a single server, it is not practically so as a single file may be extended into multiple servers and users can access the files when needed, from wherever needed.

Cloud storage itself was developed by Carl Rob net Likelier in the early 1960s. It was a late development in the field of web-hosting as the internet speeds were competent to handle such concepts only at a later stage of industrialization.

There are many cloud storage services available as of date. Examples include Atoms, EMC, Amazon S3, Microsoft’s sky drive, etc. They all have certain Commonalities such as.

  1. They are all a collection from many users but act as one.
  2. Highly successful in serving multiple users at the same time across a single server
  3. Have regular updated to their services

Advantages of them in the present era are:

  1. Users need not possess an extended physical hard disk to store large amounts of data. Instead one can pay for virtual space and access the data anywhere.
  2. Hard disk requirements such as backup, data replication and defragmentation etc. are taken care by the services provider itself.
  3. Data can be shred quickly and effectively between individuals and organizations when requirement.
  4. Users these days need to pay only for the data they use, so it is becoming more and more a cheaper alternative to possessing an extended hard drive

They are potential threats to using cloud storage as well; The chances of unauthorized access to your personal data remain at large Even though there has been no proven case involving high loss of data, research is on curb ways wherein data can be accessed unauthorized.

Data is stored in multiple servers poses danger as there can be a mix-up of data and slow progress. In this age of corporate warfare and inter-organizational espionage, we need to keep an eye out on them to avoid being victimized.

There are other cheaper alternatives that by and large provide similar services like wired and wireless hard drives and also provide a lot more security.

So users tend to shy away from the service. Companies that provide the service of Cloud Storage may suddenly go bankrupt or face or loss and might decide to shut down the service at any time.

Moreover, certain statutes of the nation might bar the use of cloud storage at certain times to increase security, etc.

This might lead to loss and corruption of data.

Conclusion

Even though there are potential risks up to data in the service of cloud storage, the service has only started to gain recognition more and more. Significantly the launch of Windows 8 has created more awareness to the services that Microsoft offers via Sky drive and has motivated users to go in for Cloud Storage.

So  the motto of the day is ‘ Let’s make use of Cloud Storage, but let us do so with utmost care and vigilance’

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