When we talk about the cloud, we naturally assume that we are talking about the weather, but what we are actually talking about is the new age of cloud computering.
As the years have gone by and the growth of computering has evolved, we have had the yearning for more storage. The technology has come so far, which allows us to store everything on one device, it’s an amazing ecosystem, everything from photos to video, and even games can be stored on that one device and you can retrieve it at any point. But, even then, there are limitations to those devices, and that is storage.
Have you noticed that mobile phones require a minimum of 16 GB? That’s because technology is taking over our lives, as I said before we use it to store everything, all those personal moments on one device. But, this is where cloud computering takes over, it’s like an overflow, when the device becomes full, you can simply save it to the cloud, which eliminates the need for extra storage devices to back up your content. As an example, Apple use iCloud to back up users contents, you don’t even need to download music or videos from iTunes because the content is streamed from the cloud to your device. Yes, you still have the option to download them to your device, but if you have a stable Internet connection or reliable data plan, you can stream to your hearts content.
But, there are certain drawbacks to having everything on the cloud, we become too reliant on the technology and we think everything is safe. Like any cloud service there will be the shortfalls, it could break down, and the content could be lost if the provider fails to backup that content to a secondary sever.
I will tell you a personal story about the pitfalls of cloud computing. When I write my stories, they are saved to the cloud, I can retrieve them whenever I want from any device, this seems like a perfect world, doesn’t it? But, what happens when the provider has a malfunction and that file/files become corrupt? Well there’s nothing you can do, that file is done, destroyed! I recently lost a whole novel due to cloud computering and the provider not offering a retrieval service, there was no way of getting it back.
Which brings to mind the choices we make to store our files on the cloud. Do we go with new technology? Or, do we stick to the old fashion ways? My choice is, stick to both, back up to the cloud and also back up to a proper storage device, and if you want to go further, back up that storage device to another storage device. This will allow you to have three separate copies of the same files, and that will mean less content will be lost.
So, the final question is, will you be backing up to the cloud?