What is the Cloud and Should You be Using it for Storage?

Do you remember the days of storing your pictures on your computer or maybe a floppy disk? You would run out of space or your hardware would fail and you would lose your precious memories. Well those days are gone and they are now kept on the cloud. Exactly what does that mean? Are your pictures and files just floating around in space? The short answer is no. But where are they exactly and how are you able to retrieve them in an instant?

The cloud refers to software and services that run on the internet, so actually the cloud is a synonym for the internet. Data is stored on server farms located all over the world and even virtual machines run on physical hardware. You can access your files on any device that is internet capable – phones, tablets, computers, etc. The cloud also makes it easy for people to share videos and pictures. The downfall is if the internet is down or you have a poor connection you are unable to retrieve your information.

The cloud is a virtual locker for your information, but it isn’t in just one locker. The information is held in several different locations and this is called redundancy. What is redundancy and why is it important? Redundancy occurs when identical data is stored in two separate repositories. It is used for backup and recovery purposes in the event of failures of the server, network, or the internet. The cloud can solve the problems people run into when local drives burn out and crash or when they don’t have good back-up systems.

What are the risks using the cloud as storage? Trusting a third-party with your data can be scary and risks should not be completely ignored. Your cloud provider is going to ensure security to the best of their ability. If you have super important information you may need to go to an external drive, but the benefits of accessibility and redundancy most likely will outweigh the risks.

Holly LombardoHolly Lombardo

Holly has been with Aureus Group since November 2016 and is currently an IT Recruiting Manager. With more than 12 years of experience in the staffing industry, she is passionate about changing people’s lives. Holly is married with a 10 year old son and loves anything you can do outdoors – camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing. She is originally from Wisconsin so she is a die-hard Packers and Badgers fan.

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