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Cloud Storage Definition

Placing files and applications on the cloud has become a trend among people and businesses for the purpose of reducing the need to rely on expensive hardware and infrastructure.Popular media sharing sites like Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube, webmail sites like Gmail, Hotmail, and banking applications all utilize aspects of computing in the form of online services that cloud storage provides. In simple terms, Cloud storage refers to storing or stashing data on hardware in remote physical locations accessible to devices via the internet. A cloud provider maintains a data server and clients send their data files to this server, similar to storing data on their hardware storage devices like pen or hard drives. Cloud storage systems can range from very simple ones involving just a single server to those involving hundreds of data servers linked together by a master control server.

A number of cloud storage providers are present for customers to pick from. It is recommended to choose a provider offering the maximum amount of low-cost storage and bandwidth while ensuring the safety of the data stored. Many cloud storage providers offer a free trial of the cloud storage for customers to decide its suitability for meeting their needs before purchasing it. Owing to the competition in the market, the cloud storage providers also offer their customers added benefits such as-access from all devices, share and collaborate facility as well as high security.

Examples of popular cloud storage providers are Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega, OneDrive, iCloud, Box, NextCloud, SpiderOak, IDrive, pCloud, and more.


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