Cloud Storage

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Cloud Storage

An online space that is used to store your data such as

  • files
  • videos
  • music
  • other structured/semi-structured/unstructured data,

and can be accessed by any device is known as cloud storage.

How Cloud Storage Works

Steps are:

  1. Upload the data from your device into the cloud of your choice.
  1. The uploaded data reaches a master control data server located in a data center owned by your cloud service provider. The master server maintains a copy of your data in various storage servers.
  1. You can retrieve the data using APIs or web-based protocols.

Cloud Storage Security

Cloud storage providers enable security of the data by adopting various methods:

  • Encryption: A complex algorithm is used to encode your data, users will need the encryption key to decode the data.
  • Authentication: Protects access to data by enforcing users to create username and password. Multiple levels of authorization such as multi-factor authentication will be used as appropriate.

Cloud Storage Benefits

  • A reliable and secure system to back up your essential files.
  • Files stored in the cloud can be retrieved remotely.
  • Files are accessible from anywhere.
  • An affordable way of protecting important data.
  • An assurance of restoration of data from any unwanted failure or data loss.
  • No need to install storage equipment.
  • Offers enough mobility in the workflow of a business or company.

Cloud Storage Risks

Irrespective of the many benefits, cloud storage, comes with a few notable risks as well:

  1. Data security (data is vulnerable when it is transferred to and from the cloud).
  1. Accessibility depends on network connectivity.
  1. Cost depends on the usage.

Cloud APIs

Cloud application programming interface serves as a layer between users, cloud services, and resources.

It interacts with the cloud infrastructure to assist with

  • Computing
  • Storage and
  • Network resources for requested cloud applications or services.

Cloud APIs

Cloud APIs vary according to the provided services, as follows:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Infrastructure APIs help in the provision of computing and storage resources.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): SaaS APIs enable connectivity and interaction with the application layer.

Platform as a Service (PaaS): PaaS APIs provide back-end architecture, functionality for the applications.

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