From Floppy to Pen Drives, from CDs to HDs every one of us wants to save data in other devices to access when we want. The modern data storage system has moved far ahead from the conventional methods. You can store your data online and can access it from any part of the world. The Cloud has changed the meaning of data storage and many of us are using it.
If we examine the Cloud Storage, there are three types of services available for online data backup: (1) Online Storage (2) Online Backup and (3) Hybrid of the two.
Many computer users think that Online Backup and Online Storage are the same things. But actually there is a significant difference between the two. In this article I would try to clear the confusion and would help you to choose which one is good for you.
Online storage is a service which is designed to upload your essential files, such as music, photos, file and folder on web which you can remotely access. First of all you need to choose an online storage service provider and get registered to it. Then you can login to your account and upload the files to the web. When your files are uploaded you can remotely access these files on internet with your login and password. You can share it with your colleagues or family members. Because it is not fixed with a specific PC or Laptop, you can synchronize your files and folder with your family & friends over multiple computes, if you have set the permission. You can share the files privately or publically, that means any one of you can access these filed and can edit. If the file is edited it would be different from the file you have uploaded and if you want to store this edited file on your PC you have to do it manually. On the other hand if you make changes in the files & folder on your PC it would not reflect any changes in the files stored online.
Online backup service is an automated process which sync with your computer and online space and do a backup of the files and folder. You can set the files or folders which you want to have a backup. Through online backup your specified data is backed up on a recurring basis. For example – every hour, every day or weekly. Some services like Carbonite works in background and get activated when your computer is connected to the internet. The best part of online backup is that it gives you the ability to restore files if it gets deleted accidently or your computer crashes. These services can store-up the files anything from 30 to 90 days and get deleted automatically after this given period of time is over. Thus, you have plenty much of time to restore deleted files for any disaster happened. When you make changes to the files or folder it gets automatically updated with the files stored online. Which means, you don’t need to make changes manually on the online stored items.
You can access these files remotely. Most of the online backup services, offers mobile apps ( such as iOSand for Android-based devices like iPad, iPhone etc). If you are connected to internet you can access files on your mobile too.
HYBRID OF ONLINE STORAGE AND ONLINE BACKUP
Hybrid Online Backup or Storage is a hybrid process which enables you to store your data online at the same time it improves the local backup capability. Several service providers like ‘Mozy’, offers this hybrid solution. You can upload your data manually which a web based interface whenever you want. At the same time it automatically gets updated with online storage for specific folders or hard drive partitions over a scheduled timeline.
In addition to these, a user can backup his/her data from web connected mobile devices like iPhone, iPad or Blackberry etc. You can also send these files as attachments or can view directly.
ACCESSIBILITY & COST EFFECTIVENESS
You can find a number of online services which offers a few GBs of free space. Also there are some services which give you ample space for a premium paid. It varies from company to company. You can get a good space for premium of $5 to $10 per month. The best part is you can access this data remotely anytime.http://goo.gl/FoQ4C
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