The Cloud

Sanat Singha is a technical writer, an editor, a blogger and a web marketing consultant. Contact him at wsigmas@gmail.com

We’ve only been enjoying the benefits of the cloud for a few years now, but its uses are already expanding rapidly. Think about it – a virtual space on the internet where practically anything can be stored; the possibilities are endless! The cloud continues to offer all sorts of ways for businesses and home users to benefit from virtual storage. Let’s have a look at four ways you can benefit from the cloud.

The Cloud

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Storage Space

While a traditional hard drive is limited in the amount of content it can store, the cloud has no such restriction. Of course, it all depends on the price you’re willing to pay as to how much you’re given. However, it’s often a much cheaper choice than going out and buying a new hard drive or a bunch of memory sticks. Services such as a document management system can be implemented within the cloud to manage this storage effectively. It can become more beneficial to store your documentation and files in the cloud than on a physical drive in many cases.

Cost-Effectiveness

There are cloud services out there which offer free amounts of space. No, you won’t be given vast quantities of it, but it might be sufficient for what you need. Some cloud services even offer additional storage for doing things like referring your friends. Alternatively, paid solutions are often fairly priced and a better alternative to physical media. No matter how much storage space you want, there’s something out there to suit your needs. As previously mentioned, many cloud services incorporate additional management tools into their price plans. You’ll often find that you get a lot more for your money than traditional storage can provide.

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Practicality

Cloud computing is practical. You can copy and manage files on one device, and then go back to it later on your mobile device! You could even travel halfway around the world and use someone else’s PC to access your data. You don’t need to carry anything with you aside from a username and password to access your files. If you’re planning to travel but can’t carry any bulky equipment with you, having access to the cloud is invaluable.

Backup Solutions

If nothing else, the cloud is arguably the best way to backup your data in case things go wrong. We’ve often used big, bulky servers or removable media for this chore in the past. Unfortunately, neither of those are always practical or (in some cases) particularly reliable. Instead, moving our important data to a heavily-secured cloud service protects it in case of disaster. Then, if things go wrong, it’s simply a case of downloading it onto a new device with very little hassle.

Cloud computing is something that many of us are only beginning to understand. It’s relatively new, and it’ll continue to evolve rapidly as the years go by. By recognising its uses, you could end up saving a lot of money depending on what you want out of it. Think about how the cloud could benefit you, and you might end up kicking yourself for not discovering it earlier!