Online Cloud Storage Definition – Learn More Today

Online Cloud Storage Definition

Hello there! You've come to the right place if you wish to know more about online cloud storage and what's the most simple online cloud storage definition.


What Is The Cloud Storage Definition?

The most simple cloud storage definition I could think of:

It's an online platform, provided by a company that owns physical servers, to which you can upload your files.

For an extensive explanation of what online storage is, have a look at Wikipedia.

Cloud Storage Definition and what is it ?

It's amazing how technology is developing so quickly - That's what we think. It's all part of a bigger process. Let us take a closer look for example at online storage.

 

The beginnings of online storage were actually in the 1960s when  Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider invented cloud storage with his work on ARPANET. The basic cloud storage serversidea was to connect people and data from all around the world. The 80s and 90s were then used to invent new architectures and introduce the internet to the public. In 2005 Box launched its cloud service and others followed up not long after that. What I am trying to say is that the features that are available to us today have been in development for many years.


Alright, now I know what it is. But why should I bother with this? I have my files safely stored on my hard drive.

Well, there are many advantages of using cloud storage, here's some of them:

Pros

 Access data anywhere at any time on any smart device: This wonderful feature is one of the reasons why cloud computing is an excellent way to go. You can access your cloud storage from nearly every device out there. This includes tablets, IPads, smartphones, netbooks and more. Most of the service providers have their applications that you can use on your smartphone or tablet, making things even easier for you.

 No risk of losing the files: The classical way of storing your data would be on your disk which will sooner or later fail, and your files will get corrupted. Cloud storage service providers have their servers set up in multiple locations, backing up your data, which makes it nearly impossible for something like that to happen.

 Unlimited storage: If you wanted you could store an infinite amount of data on your cloud, unlike your storage on your home computer or smartphone that is limited.

 Ease of use: Most of the storage providers try to make their interface user-friendly, making your experience better in every way.

 Online support: This may not be the case with all the service providers, but you should look for one that offers it.Online storage definition

 Sharing: Sharing your files has never been easier than now. With a click of a button, you can send the data to whoever you want, anytime you want.

 Security: The cloud storage provider chooses only the highest secure data options. Most of them even have the possibility for you to encrypt your delicate files.


Cons

There are obviously some disadvantages as well:

wrong Privacy: While most of the service providers assure you that your data is safely stored, that may not always be the case. Some of them may be using your data for advertising and marketing purposes. With that being said you should look for a provider that doesn't do that if your files are "delicate". While this may not be the most practical way to protect your data, you can always encrypt them before putting them in the cloud. rack-servers

wrong Performance: To access your cloud you need an internet connection. Make sure that your internet connection is fast enough to use the services without the long delays.

wrong Outages: While unlikely and almost never happen, be ready in case they do happen.

wrong Incompatibility: Sometimes the software provided by cloud services just won't work as planned on your personal computer. While this isn't common, it can happen in rare cases.


Conclusion: Why are we all searching for high-tech gadgets and services? In the end, it comes down to the fact that they make our life easier and give us more free time, that we can use however we want. There are so many advantages to using a cloud storage nowadays, which is why most of the people have already taken the first step of having one. While there are some disadvantages of owning it, they can be avoided or minimised by acting carefully and smart. Overall I believe YOU should give it a shot and discover all the pros of it.


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Dejan Miladinović

Hey there! I am the founder of cloudstorageinfo.org. My website is dedicated to people that are interested in cloud services and anything related to them. Hopefully, you found the post written above useful and intuitive. I would be happy to discuss it more in the comments section. If you have any questions ask them down below and I'll answer them shortly.

12 thoughts on “Online Cloud Storage Definition – Learn More Today

  • January 9, 2017 at 02:09
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    This is great and I think the cloud storage is the only way to go anymore. I have a hard drive that I keep photos and stuff on, but what if it dies or I can’t boot it up. Then I lose everything. I have been meaning to transfer everything, and you have just gave me that little push I need.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 21:03
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    Hi Dejan,
    thanks for easy to understand explanation of the cloud services. So far I have only used temporary storage services, which allow you to send other person a link for download and the data are deleted after certain period of time (eg. 30 days).
    But now, thanks to your article, I’m thinking about backing up some of my important data to the cloud. Encrypted of course because I’m still a bit suspicious:D

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    • November 9, 2016 at 21:33
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      Hello Marek,

      As you should be. You should always be careful with your files and make the right choices. They’ll be the safest if you actually encrypt them before uploading them to the cloud. Not that it’s needed, but I guess it does give you that sense of security. Thank you for stopping by.

      Dejan

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  • September 6, 2016 at 21:38
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    Hey,
    This 1960’s fact is good, didnt know about it, how could it be so old!? 😀
    I have used google drive for 8~ years now and im pretty happy with it.
    I use it everyday to access my photos and text files, I havent looked around a lot but I guess its one of the best cloud services. 🙂
    It was easy way for me since my main email account is on gmail.
    Thanks for opening my eyes for pros and cons!

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    • September 6, 2016 at 22:00
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      Hey Antti,
      I know right, it seems such a long time ago. Google Drive is indeed one of the better services out there. I am glad you’re satisfied with it! Google has an interesting way of doing things. They basically connected everything into one big cloud. If you’re using Gmail, you’re using Google Drive as well. Definitely, helps them trick some people into using Google Drive for storing other files as well. Not that it’s wrong, they’re just being smart.
      I am glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by!
      Dejan

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  • August 5, 2016 at 02:41
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    Wow I never knew the cloud has been around since the 1960s! Its as old as the internet! Really cool article. What is your recommended cloud storage service? I currently use Google Drive but I have heard good things about other services like dropbox. Which one do you think is the best?

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    • August 5, 2016 at 09:30
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      Hello Matt,
      Well, depending on what sort of features do you need, I would recommend either Dropbox or pCloud. I still need to dig in the other services though, which reminds me, the review on “Box” will be coming out today or tomorrow. And there’s a good chance that it will be on the top 10 list. Thank you for dropping by Matt.

      Dejan

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  • August 4, 2016 at 17:36
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    This was a very thorough explanation of cloud storage Dejan. Do you have a favorite provider of storage?

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    • August 4, 2016 at 17:42
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      Hello, Jeremy.
      Well, I am using Dropbox at the moment, but to be honest this could change any day now. I am discovering so many new options that are available to us out there. I might go for pCloud.
      I still have a lot of them waiting for me to review them, so I am not sure yet. Make sure to check back every few days for new updates.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Dejan

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  • August 4, 2016 at 16:48
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    Hi,

    I use mainly dropbox as my online storage and cannot imagine the life without it. Ofcourse I do not store sensitive information there but for example I enjoy having access to all my books in all my devices.

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  • August 4, 2016 at 16:19
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    Hi, Dejan
    I know so little about online storage.
    I try to learn but it’s really not easy for me.
    It’s also difficult to see if I can benefit from a product like this. Would this product be of help for a newbie like me?
    I’m not really a newbie just a slow learner lol.

    tove

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    • August 4, 2016 at 16:35
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      Hello, ToveL.
      I hope that this page was of any help to you. And to answer your question, yes, you can benefit from it. As I mentioned above there are many pros of having a cloud storage. I bet that there are moments in your life when you just wish that you had those pictures with you to show to your friends, and so on. I personally use it every day and I find it very useful.
      And to the more important question, literally, anyone can learn how to use the cloud storage. It’s very simple. Although you have to pick the right one. Here’s my current recommendation to you – pCloud . It’s very simple to use. Let me know if you tried it out, even more, if you have any questions just shoot!
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Dejan

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