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Advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Storage

Updated on July 15, 2016

Cloud or online storage technology allows us to save files and access those files via the Cloud or Internet.

There are four types of cloud storage – personal or mobile cloud storage, publicly available cloud storage, privately available cloud storage, a hybrid available cloud storage.

Smart phones such as android, i-phone and windows offer personal or mobile cloud storage.

Publicly available cloud storage can either be rented or subscribed for a certain period of time.

Privately available cloud storage can be used for a secured platform. It allows restricted access to the data.

A hybrid available cloud storage is available publicly but some parts of the data is private. It is restricted to some specific users only.

Cloud storage technology comes with a large number of advantages and few disadvantages for home and business users.

Advantages of Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is cost effective. Backing up data with traditional backup method needs to purchase external hard drives, optical disks or backup tapes. Cloud storage services provide ample storage space in the cloud for a low monthly fee.

Don't be worried about the usage of valuable space at home or in the office. Cloud storage services do not take up any space as it has no physical existence.

Cloud storage provides access from anywhere through Internet. This universal access gives us the flexibility to work. Cloud storage allows us to view, edit and save our files from PC to PC or PC to mobile phones from anywhere as long as we are connected to the Internet.

Cloud storage provides a safe and secured backups. It serves as an added layer of data protection for our precious data and irreplaceable files. Cloud data storage sites provide quick recovery of files and folder which makes them more safe and secure.

Backups in Cloud Storage is easy to send to others. Sending a web link of backup files to recipients through email user can avoid attaching files before emailing.

Cloud Storage provides automatic update across all of our devices through syncing. That’s why, the latest version of a file saved on desktop is available on our smartphone.

Having back up copy of data means you have lost nothing. Cloud storage services make the tedious process of backing up easy to accomplish through automation. User just need to select what and when he wants to back up, and the service does the rest.

Cloud Storage allows many persons to work on a single file like a team. Team members can edit and collaborate on a single file or document through cloud storage.

Cloud Storage provides better security. Storing data in the cloud introduces a new set of risks which can be mitigated by using data encryption, automation and password techniques. Storing confidential information in the cloud is often more secure than storing it locally.

Disadvantages of Cloud Storage

Without Internet connection, user will not get any access in his data which is stored in the cloud. So I recommend you not to use cloud storage unless you have reliable Internet connection.

Cloud storage increases the usage of data volume to access the data which increases the costs of operations a bit. So you need to purchase more data volume from the ISP.

Cloud storage can be hacked by hackers and you may loss your data. Always keep cloud storage user id and password in a secret position. Make a 8 characters long strong password which is a combination of upper case and lower case, contains number, symbols. Try to change your password frequently.

There are many cloud storage sites. If any of them suddenly goes out of business, stored data will be lost unless we quickly transfer it. That’s why we have to choose the most reliable one to avoid unwanted hassle.

In this modern age, cloud storage has become the standard for storing files and transferring them between devices and users. It is rapidly becoming the method of choice as it comes to back up important documents and files.

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