[BCAB] Query on the Cloud systems

Léonie Watson tink at tink.co.uk
Thu May 22 12:18:39 BST 2014

The cloud isn't something tangible, it's more of a concept. The idea is that
you store your data somewhere other than on your own devices. Typically you
store it on servers owned by third party companies, like Apple, Google or
Dropbox for example.

Before the cloud, if your data wasn't stored on your own devices, it tended
to be stored offline (on a separate hard drive for example). What
differentiates the cloud is that although your data is stored elsewhere, you
have easy access to it online.

The catch in terms of storing large quantities of data in the cloud, is that
it will cost you. Dropbox (for example) gives you around 2Gb free, but after
than you have to pay for it. I'm not sure of the capacity/cost of services
like Microsoft Sky/One Drive, Google Drive etc. might be though.


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