Future Talk: Rising to the Clouds
Since the beginning of time, people have been concerned with the issue of data storage. In fact, some of the oldest libraries in the world date back to 2600 BC. This was just first of many forms of data storage, but has surprisingly enough remained its ultimate form for a bit more than two and a half millennia. Then, in the 20th century (towards the very end of it) things took a radical turn and the storage solutions became digital. However, this was not the end of the journey, it was just the beginning.
History Behind the Cloud
First revolutionary discovery in the world of digital data storage was the CD technology. Now, instead of 2.88MB of space which floppy discs could store at their pinnacle in 1988, CDs were able to store up to about 700MB of data. This technology was soon replaced with its close relative DVD who offered numerous advantages as well as up to about 4.5GB of free space.
When nobody thought that this could get any more practical and sophisticated, USB flash drives came to existence and world stood in awe in their presence. Not only did they offer a superior amount of storage space, but could be written and rewritten in the way HDD could.
Once more, most people believed that this was a final solution to the storage problem. They believed that flash drive storage will just keep getting more compact and with more space, but that this was it when it comes to the form of data storage. However, the invention of cloud storage solutions as we know them today, changed this forever.
The greatest drawback of physical storage solutions is that you need to always have them by your side in order to access them. On the other hand, with the cloud all you need is a reliable terminal with access to the internet and in a matter of seconds you will have all your data on disposal.
This not only simplifies things considerably, but also makes traveling and working from both office and home much easier. Now, even though you plan to go on holiday you know that you can access your work whenever you feel the need to. Truly a notion that is nearly impossible to top.
Yet again with CD/DVD or flash drives, you had a finite amount of space available. After you used this space completely you had to either buy a new disc, or start deleting things off your drive (probably the worst option). On the other hand, with cloud technology, you only need to purchase more space and in this way expand your capacities. In fact, when it comes to cost-to-storage-space ratio, cloud is even superior to external HDDs. Although financially probably not that great of a difference, when it comes to cost-effectiveness cloud is a lifesaver.
Finally, there are a lot of rumors about cloud security not being reliable, but these claims are seldom based on facts. Even though there were some rough patches in the beginning, vigilant work of security teams managed to remedy this in the end.
However, for those who still have their suspicions about the actual safety of cloud technology, you can always take some steps to improve the security of your files on your own. You can do this by coming up with an ironclad password as well as by encrypting your files before uploading them. Where there is a will there is always a way.
In the end, it is more than obvious that cloud technology is superior to all other storage solutions in almost every way. As for the fear and concern that some people show towards it, you must realize one thing. Cloud is still relatively new as a concept and it will take some time until everyone recognizes its full potential. This was the case with any major discovery in human history and cloud is no short of that.
Author Bio – submitted by: Oscar Waterworth