The Cloud is ubiquitous, and with it, a myriad of service and products, many of which the average user doesn’t even comprehend. Cloud storage, however, is something that nearly everyone uses, so which one do we think is best for you?
For all intents and purposes, there are really four major cloud storage services we seriously consider: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud. There are other cloud storage services out there, but at the end of the day, these four are the ones we’re most likely to deal with. Each one has its merits and drawbacks, so many people might not realize which one will do the best job for them.
Whether you use PCs, Macs, Android, iPads and iPhones, or even Linux, there’s got to be a cloud service that will best fit your devices and cloud storage needs. By “cloud computing”, we don’t mean the vague term that’s often applied to consumer services that store your data on a remote server somewhere. We mean actual computing as a service for companies, organizations, and even individuals who want to take advantage of it.
Traditionally, businesses and other organizations would host their own infrastructure. A business would have its own web server (or email server, or whatever) on its own hardware. If more power was needed, the business would have to purchase more server hardware. The business would also have to pay someone to administrate that hardware and pay for a solid Internet connection to serve its customers. Alternatively, there are hosting companies that host your services on some of their own hardware in their data centers, for a fee.
Cloud computing works a bit differently. Rather than run your own hardware or pay for use of some specific hardware in someone else’s data center, you just pay for access to a massive pool of computing resources provided by Microsoft (or Amazon, or Google). This allows you to have web servers, email servers, databases, file storage servers, virtual machines, user directories, or anything else you might want and need. When you grow and need more computing resources, you don’t have to purchase physical hardware. The “cloud” shares the hardware and automatically assigns the work, as necessary. You pay for as many computing resources as you need, and not a specific number of hardware servers on a rack somewhere.
Services you deploy in this way can either be public servers available to everyone, or part of a “private cloud” that’s just used in an organization.
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