Cloud Storage and Data Synchronization; The Importance in the 21st Century

by Dafe

2019-11-20



Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the internet, or cloud–the cloud in this case being hypothetical and not the actual cloud. It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on some storage servers that are built on virtualization techniques.

Cloud Storage involves at least one data server that a user connects to via the internet. The user sends files manually or in an automated fashion over the Internet to the data server which forwards the information to multiple servers. The stored data is then accessible through a web-based interface­­­.

Data Synchronization on the other hand is the process of maintaining the consistency and uniformity of data instances across all consuming applications and storing devices. It ensures that the same copy or version of data is used in all devices – from source to destination.

It is enabled through specialized software that tracks data versions as they are created and utilized. The process is implemented in distributed systems where data elements are routed between several computers or systems. Data synchronization ensures that regardless of data modifications, all changes are merged with the original data source.

Importance of Data Storage and Synchronization

Cloud Storage

  • Usability: Cloud storages typically have folders on desktop and mobile devices, this allows users to drag and drop–and also move or copy–files easily to the cloud storage.
  • Bandwidth: You can avoid emailing files to individuals and instead send a web link to recipients through your email.
  • Accessibility: Stored files can be accessed anywhere via the internet
  • Recoverability: In the occurrence of an emergency or damaged/ misplaced physical storage medium, your files can easily be recovered from the cloud server as long as it was saved there.
  • Cost benefit: Research has proven that it is better than the traditional storage on hardware which typically require internal power to operate

 

Data Synchronization

  • Data availability: Data is made available locally rather than through potentially expensive, less reliable, and slow connections to a single central database. So you’re not cut off even in the event of a network failure
  • Response time: Synchronization improves response time for data requests for two reasons. Retrieval rates are faster because requests are processed on a local server without accessing a wide area network. Also, local processing offloads work from a central database server so that completion for processor time is decreased.

 

In summary, from the importances listed above it can be seen that cloud storage and data synchronization work hand in hand and are major solutions in modern day data storage. So it is advisable to ditch the archaic storage methods floppy disks, flash drives and even hard drives, and move to an all cloud based storage service. Even in the case of loss of property or hardware your data is always ready to be accessed when needed via the internet.

This is where Gigasec comes to play, with the aid of Gigasec we can help you create and manage your storage solutions via the cloud. Which would be very useful within firms and businesses such as small scale businesses, Schools, Hospitals and really any organization with a large number of employees. So that your data is never left vulnerable but easily accessible when needed.

 

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