Anyone who’s followed the path of technology even over the past few years has probably realized by now that things are constantly changing and that nothing – even the things that seem to be the most entrenched are safe from the relentless march of technological advancement. Take for example the traditional desktop computer that was the primary computing device for a good 20 years or more, but is being rapid replaced by laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Cloud servers represent another huge seismic shift in how people access the power of computing. However, cloud servers offer something that no other computer has offered up until this point – unlimited computing capability and storage.
To understand how this is possible, it’s important to first understand what exactly the cloud is. The cloud is not a single universal device or place on the internet. Instead, the cloud is a generalized term that refers to servers that are used for the storage and computation of vast amounts of data. These servers are, thanks to internet speeds that are rapidly accelerating, directly accessible by individuals and businesses.
While processing in the cloud is something that really needs a ton of work still, cloud servers are already hosting massive amounts of files as a new kind of backup solution. In the past, most companies used some sort of physical backup system (on hard drives or optical media) – but now cloud storage has become the most popular kind of backup thanks to the ease of use and the fact that the backups are in a different physical location than the primary storage devices on which the files are stored.
Of course, the main problem for any business or individual isn’t deciding to use a cloud backup solution instead of more traditional backup methods – that choice is easy and almost inevitable for most people to make. The difficult choice is which cloud server hosting company that people should use.
Like most service choices, people need to choose the hosting company that matches their needs the best. Some cloud hosting services offer a simple backup service. These hosting solutions are far cheaper than some other options, but they only allow for the upload of files and then the download of them in their entirety in the event of a failure. There is no software that allows for easy access of the files, which is made up for by the price difference.
On the other hand are easily accessible cloud hosting services that allow for easy access to files, meaning people can constantly modify and delete files that have been uploaded. These services are for more active use, compared to the passive use of the others.
Leave a Reply