What is cloud storage?

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties. Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them. The data center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to the requirements of the customer and expose them as storage pools, which the customers can themselves use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resource may span across multiple servers. The safety of the files depends upon the hosting websites.

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Amazon S3 - S3 API and Competing Services
... A cloud storage standard (like electrical and networking standards) enable competing service providers to design their services and clients using ... Encourage innovation by Cloud Storage Vendors, Developers, and Client Tool Vendors, because they can focus on improving their own products and services instead of ... Examples of competing S3 compliant storage implementations include Cloud.com’s CloudStack Cloudian, an S3-compatible object storage software package ...
Cloud Storage - Potential Concerns - Costs
... Cloud storage may be cost-efficient for many corporations and small businesses for everyday use, but for the average user of the computer and internet ... As a result users have other alternatives of storage such as Local wired hard drive Local wireless hard drive External USB hard drive ...

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