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What is cloud storage

Cloud storage is a type of storage where data is saved online or in the cloud rather than data is saved locally in files in hard disks, flash drives or external hard drives.

It is a kind of business run by the companies which keep customers data and make that data available to them over the Internet. The customers are usually charged per hour.

History

Cloud computing was invented in the 1960s by Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider when he was working on ARPANET to connect people and data anytime anywhere in the world. After the invention of cloud computing, in 1983, the CompuServ offered small cloud storage space to its consumers so that they can store their files online. Later, AT & T, FilesAnywhere, and Amazon Web Services offered cloud storage.

Cloud storage providers

There many cloud storage providers. However, I have compiled the following list and it contains some renowned companies offering cloud storage.

  1. Amazon drive
  2. Google drive
  3. Microsoft OneDrive
  4. Apple iCloud
  5. Dropbox

1. Amazon Drive

Features:

– Get 5 GB free cloud storage

– In case of Amazon prime account, you get unlimited photo storage

2. Google Drive

Features:

– Get 15 GB free storage

– Can work easily with other Google products

– Can be upgraded from 100 GB to 30 TB

3. Microsoft OneDrive

Features:

– Get 5GB free space

– Can work easily with other Microsoft products

4. Apple iCloud

Features:

– Get 5GB free space

– Can work easily with Apple products including Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

5. Dropbox

Features:

– Get 2GB free space  

– Access the data from the web, desktop, or your mobile device

Why use cloud storage?

There are multiple reasons for using cloud storage. Some of them are listed below.

  1. To save hard disk space on your computer, you can use cloud storage to save your important data.
  2. If you want to access your data including music, files, pictures, videos, and calendars etc from anywhere in the world, you can use cloud storage.
  3. If you want to easily share your data with friends, family, and colleague, cloud storage is the best choice.
  4. If you want the security of your data and you would like your data backup to be maintained, cloud storage has built-in features.

How to choose the right cloud storage provider?

While choosing any cloud storage provider, take into account the following considerations:

  1. Security
  2. Price
  3. Ease of use
  4. Reliability
  5. Bandwidth
  6. Features

 

1. Security

Your data is private and it must be encrypted to keep it secure from intruders. If you are concerned about any cloud storage provider, take into account the security.

2. Price

Price is an important parameter. While choosing the right cloud storage provider, how much space do you need and how much cost can you afford.

3. Ease of use

The interface should be easier to use while you are downloading or uploading the data on the cloud. 

4. Reliability

Choose a reliable cloud storage provider who can give you an access to your data 24*7 and in case of any maintenance, give you a proper warning message.

5. Bandwidth

Some of the cloud storage providers have limitations on how much data you can upload or download monthly or yearly. If you have a larger upload or download requirements, make sure you are allowed from the provider you have chosen.

6. Features

Before you choose the cloud storage provider, look for the feature they are offering. Make a small comparison about different service providers by using this site.

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StarWind storage appliance offers the following benefits:

  1. Exceptional simplicity – StarWind is designed in such a way to serve the storage to multiple platforms.
  2. Cost efficiency – StarWind SA is a built-in ready storage solution with pricing highly optimized.
  3. Performance and features – StarWind SA have built-in applications including antivirus, backup, and management.

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