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Cloud storage is simply a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data.

Cloud Storage is technology that allows you to save files in storage, and then access those files via the Cloud. Let's break down this definition. First, storage is the computer's ability to save files and other resources for later use. When you restart a computer, the files that are still available after the computer turns back on are saved and read from storage. Such storage commonly consists of a hard drive, a USB Flash drive, or another type of drive.

Because local data drives can be damaged or stolen, an idea was developed to use data drives over a network as storage. This allows the drives to be secured in a data center and backed up automatically. Initially, network storage required fast local networks (LAN), but today we have an ubiquitous network called the Internet.

The second part of Cloud Storage, the Cloud, represents the Internet. Any service, including storage, available over the Internet is called Cloud service. If you use GMAIL it is email in the Cloud, if you use an Amazon MP3 player, that's music in the Cloud.

In short, Cloud Storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed, and backed up. The service allows the users to store files online, so that they can access them from any location via the Internet.

Advantages of Cloud Storage

1. Usability: Cloud storage allows users to drag and drop files between the cloud storage and their local storage.

2. Bandwidth: You can avoid emailing files to individuals and instead send a web link to recipients through your email.

3. Accessibility: Stored files can be accessed from anywhere via Internet connection.

4. Disaster Recovery: Cloud storage can be used as a back-up plan by businesses by providing a second copy of important files. These files are stored at a remote location and can be accessed through an internet connection.

5. Cost Savings: Businesses and organizations can often reduce annual operating costs by using cloud storage; cloud storage costs about 3 cents per gigabyte to store data internally.

Disadvantages of Cloud Storage

1. Usability: Be careful when using drag/drop to move a document into the cloud storage folder. This will permanently move your document from its original folder to the cloud storage location. Do a copy and paste instead of drag/drop if you want to retain the document’s original location in addition to moving a copy onto the cloud storage folder.

2. Bandwidth: Several cloud storage services have a specific bandwidth allowance. If an organization surpasses the given allowance, the additional charges could be significant.

3. Accessibility: If you have no internet connection, you have no access to your data.

4. Data Security: There are concerns with the safety and privacy of important data stored remotely.

5. Software: If you want to be able to manipulate your files locally through multiple devices, you’ll need to download the service on all devices.

Free locations for Cloud storage

1.Google drive
15GB of free storage. If you need more than the 15GB, for $2 per month customers get 100GB of storage, and for $10 per month customers receive 1TB of storage. Click Google Drive

2. Apple iCloud Drive

Details: Apple iCloud Drive comes with 5GB of free storage. Click Apple iCloud.

3. Microsoft OneDrive

15GB free storage. Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) now comes with 15GB of free storage, with 100GB for $2 per month, while up to 1TB costs $7 per month.. Click
Microsoft OneDrive


2GB of free storage.One of the original and most popular cloud storage products, DropBox used to offer 5GB free, now it only offers 2GB. For $10 per month users can upgrade to DropBox Pro, which comes with 1TB of space. DropBox for business, for $15 per user/month provides unlimited storage. Click DropBox

5. Mega

50GB of free storage.Mega offers one of the more enticing deals in the cloud: 50GB of free storage. Mega does not store users’ passwords, so the company recommends you keep a secondary backup of files stored in the service. Click


15GB of free cloud storage. Click Copy

7. Box

Box offers a number of plans, but the basic, single-user free plan comes with 10GB of storage, with a 250MB file upload size limit. Click Box


2GB of free storage. SpiderOak markets itself as a secure cloud storage service.Click SpiderOak


The deal: 5GB of free cloud storage. Beyond the 5GB of free cloud storage, Bitcasa offers 1TB of storage for $10 per month or 10TB for $99 per month or $999 per year.  Click Bitcasa Personal.


5GB of free cloud storage.Cubby offers additional plans starting at $4 for 100GB of storage. Click Cubby

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