Cloud storage involves exactly what the name suggests—storing your data with a cloud service provider rather than on a local system. As with other cloud services, you access the data stored on the cloud via an Internet link.
NOTE Even though data is stored and accessed remotely, you can maintain data both locally and on the cloud as a measure of safety and redundancy. We’ll talk about that more later.
In this chapter we’ll talk more about the specifics of cloud storage, what it’s used for, when you don’t want to use it, and some security issues. We’ll also highlight some popular cloud vendors and discuss what they offer.
Cloud storage has a number of advantages over traditional data storage. If you store your ...