Cloud storage is
|“||[a] service that allows customers to save data by transferring it over the Internet or another network to an offsite storage system maintained by a third party.||”|
Cloud Data Storage and Backup
Cloud data storage allows companies to store data off-site at a secure and remote third party location. Provider storage pools are used by the customers to file or backup data securely and automatically. Storage resources may span across multiple servers and locations to best serve the client requirements. Cloud-services may be accessed through API (Application Programming Interface) or via a cloud storage gateway or through content management systems. Companies pay for monthly usage and consumption of data. Cloud storage providers allow users to access services and applications with a web service interface.
One of the benefits of cloud storage is that clients can access, edit or share updated data from any computer with an Internet connection. With cloud computing, users can access the same documents at the same time and collaborate in real-time. Google Drive can show you other users making edits to your document as they happen.
Cloud storage for the masses did not exist until 2007 with the advent of Dropbox. CEO Drew Houston grew tired of always having to carry his important files with him on portable drives. Dropbox became a popular and affordable cloud backup service with a user-friendly interface. Now hundreds of services have popped-up from reputable companies.
Cloud Storage Providers
Some of the big American cloud provider services include Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Adobe Creative Cloud and Dropbox. In Canada cloud services include Bell’s Data Protect, Carbonite, Canada Post ePost and others.
- Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper, Glossary, at 42.