Over the years data storage has come in many forms. For individual computer users CD’s, USB sticks and external hard drives have been a staple in the data storage diet. They are relatively reliable, transportable and are available for a one off payment. For businesses, internal servers were the foundation of data storage on a greater scale, incorporated temperamental hard ware and often took a whole team of people to monitor and manipulate them. Up until around 7 years ago these forms of data storage were the norm. Fortunately now cloud storage is the most contemporary form of data storage on the market, offering more than just somewhere to keep your files safe.
For individual computer users, cloud storage is a great alternative to traditional forms of data storage. It offers a variety of additional features other than just storage and also boasts the advantage of keeping your data safer then ever possible before. By storing your data, whether you are a business or an individual user, in the cloud you effectively store it on a server in a remote location. This remoteness protects your data from natural disaster and human error. For business the advantages to cloud storage over more traditional forms is again aided by the servers being remote. By storing your backed up data offsite through a third party there is no need for intrusive hard ware or IT staff to maintain the servers. The cloud storage provider is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the servers and the overall protection of your data.
The level of encryption imposed by cloud storage companies is the same as that in the financial or governmental sectors. It protects your files against harm from viruses, vindictive staff and hard drive failure. It works online, via an easy to install user interface which is easily downloadable to any internet ready device.
While old forms of data storage have their plus points and still have their place in the market, cloud storage is without a doubt the future of data storage for individual and business users alike.