What is Cloud Computing?
A cloud server is provided by a company to store documents and files so that they can be accessed anywhere in the world, at any time. The cloud Google provides is mostly for their set of document applications. It doesn't matter where the document is written, the cloud storage can be accessed from any computer or device with internet access after it's been saved.
Cloud security is therefore extremely important to avoid people being able to access files they shouldn't have access to. Most clouds are only accessible via some form of cloud software which requires a username and password. This prevents non-authorized people from gaining access to a private cloud.
There are other uses for using such a service. A cloud backup can be used to make sure that if anything goes wrong with your computer, your files will be safe. You can then use the files saved to restore your computer to the state it was in before the problem occurred. It's a quick and simple procedure to store the information and then retrieve it at a later date. This was what cloud storage was originally made for.
Large and small companies can also make use of a hosting cloud. By having employees store all their work in the cloud, there's no requirement for specific seating as the work is always accessible. It also means that the employees are able to work from home, potentially improving productivity.
There are a number of companies that provide free cloud storage, two of the best providers of free cloud storage include Microsoft's SkyDrive and Drop Box. Both of these storage providers give users with a reasonable allowance for personal use and easy access to their files as both of these programs have apps as well as websites, making it easy for users to access their cloud storage on their smartphones and tablets.
What to look out for and remember:
- Everything is stored over the internet. Without internet access you'll be unable to access or backup your files. You'll have access to the local files on the computer, but modifications won't take effect on other devices until a connection is re-established.
- Most hosts will happily provide a small amount of storage space for free. Consider using this to see which provider suits you best, or as a main form of cloud storage if you don't have much you need to store.
- You can store almost anything at all in the cloud, but be sure to read the terms and conditions of each supplier to make sure that you're not breaking their rules. If this happens, there's a chance they'll disable your account with no warning and you'll be unable to access your files again.
- Storing files in a cloud server can be for absolutely anyone, from a single individual to a large company. It can hold almost any sized file in whichever format required and allows for instant access to said files anywhere in the world.