What is a Cloud?

The simple guide to Cloud Storage

and File-Synchronization Services

A must for anyone with more than one computer or device in use, synchronization software ensures you have the same files on all your PCs (and they’re usually accessible on mobile devices, too). Make a change to a file and it’s automatically sent to all the other PCs using the account, even on other operating systems. It’s the ultimate in redundancy.

Big names in this area include DropboxGoogle Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive; the latter earned a perfect five stars in our latest review. There are many others, including PCMag Choice award winner, IDrive. All of them provide a few gigabytes of online storage for free, typically 2GB, but you can get a lot more by paying a monthly or yearly fee.

Online Backup Services

We’re in the era of the cloud, so online backup, once a bit specialized, is now the norm for important files. Unlike the above services, which also include a file-sync option, straight backup products lean toward direct transfer of files from a hard drive to online/cloud storage, with easy restoration options. They may throw in some file syncing, but you’re more likely to see enhanced security as the bigger option.

Install online backup software on a PC, tell it which files/folders to keep backed up, and it does the rest in the background. Because the storage is online, you can typically read files via the browser, or restore the files to other systems, as needed. Names in this area include IDrive, Acronis Cyber Protect, Dropbox, Onedrive and icloud all Choice picks.

How the cloud works

Cloud computing is application-based software that stores data on remote serves, which can be accessed through the internet. To understand how cloud computing works, it can be divided into front-end and backend.

The front end enables a user to access data stored in the cloud using an internet browser or cloud computing software. However, the primary component of cloud computing – responsible for securely storing data and information – is the backend. It comprises servers, computers, databases, and central servers.

Cloud Servers

The central servers operate by following a set of rules known as protocols. It uses a software, middleware, to ensure seamless connectivity between devices/computers linked via cloud computing. Cloud computing service providers usually maintain multiple copies of the data to mitigate instances of security threats, data loss, data breach, etc.

You install the software to your Device / PC, Laptop, Tablet or Phone and select what you want to save to the cloud. The advantage of this is if your device is damaged to the point of not working and your data has been lost, You can get a new Device and restore your data back to it from the cloud.

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