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How does cloud database storage work?

| 05:29:04 30.03.19
It is no secret that computers have become a crucial part of a lot of our daily tasks: work, study, entertainment - all of those require the use of a computer, tablet or smartphone. As the amount of time we spend at our computers grows, so does the amount of data we accumulate. Even though the storage capacity of our gadgets has increased dramatically over the past three decades, the average file size has increased as well, leaving most people to find themselves in a situation where they’ve run out of space on their computer or phone. The most obvious option is to delete some of the files, but that may not always be possible. Luckily, if you know what cloud computing is and how it works, you have another solution. 

When you put your files in a cloud database the data is stored not on your computer, but on a remote server that you can access using the internet. This way of storing data has a huge advantage - you can access your data any time and from any device as long as you have internet connection. This means that you don’t need to bring a flash drive with you to work or school, or you don’t need to put your vacation photos on an external hard drive in order to show them to your friends and family, you can simply share a link to the cloud folder with the pictures. 

How to use cloud databases? 

When you put your data in a cloud it is stored on a server in a data center facility that operates hundreds of servers. Basically, you go online and upload your file to the database. Once it is received, the data center stores it until you need it again, when you want to access the file again, you can either download it from the database using and manipulate this copy on your computer or in case of some databases, you can edit the files directly on the server without downloading them. Internet connection is required for both of these options. You can learn how to connect to a cloud database by going to the databases’ website and following the instructions. 

There are also several ways to use a cloud database. Some people use clouds as a way of backing up their data in case something happens to the original file or their computer. Others choose to delete the original file and just store a copy in the cloud in order to free up space on their device. 

What are some examples of cloud databases?

There are hundreds of different cloud storage options available today. Some of them are free, some of them charge a flat fee and at some you have to pay according to the amount of data you upload. Some databases only work for a certain type of files, such as photos, others are a lot more flexible. 

Google Docs cloud storage

Google Docs is, perhaps, the most popular and commonly known cloud storage service. Here you can create, edit and store text documents, spreadsheets and presentations in real time and without charge.

Strongspace, Xdrive and MediaMax

These three services provide cloud storage capacity for all types of data: video, photos, emails, websites and everything else. 

Picasa, Flickr and Google Photos

These services provide storage space for photos and videos. Flickr and Picasa give you an option to allow access to your files to other people, which is great if you are an aspiring photographer who would like to get featured on other websites, for example. Google Photos, on the other hand, is much more private, only those who you choose to share photos with will be able to see them.