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The cloud! The omnipresent, overarching, everything-is-stored-there buzzword that has saturated the market so completely, almost everything you can do on your computer these days is "cloud-based" or "cloud supported." But, what in the world does that actually mean? Does it mean satellites? Microscopic droplets of water, forming above our heads in gaseous monstrosities, ready to dump out every term paper we have ever written onto our freshly done hair? Or maybe it is alien technology harvested from the Roswell Incident in 1947 that we are just now learning how to utilize correctly?
Take a deep breath. It isn't any of those things! In fact, just like the image states, there really isn't a "cloud" per se. It is just computer resources utilized remotely! What someone really means when they say they store their photos in the cloud is that they have their stuff on a computer that isn't in their possession. Usually, they mean server space they have rented from a company like us!
So why would you do this? Well, I can think of three really good reasons off the top of my head:
1. Resources: We have access to more assets than most individual people do on average. Meaning our budget for server upkeep and equipment is likely larger than the average person looking to clear up space on their hard drive. Why not take advantage of those assets by renting space from us.
2. UpTime: If your NAS (Network Accessible Storage) array is set up in the same house as your computer, you likely won't have redundant power, so if disaster strikes, when your computer goes down, so does your storage, and you wouldn't be able to access your files even from an independently connected device (like your smartphone).
3. Support: Even the most knowledgeable of super users need a little help sometimes. (As the Beatles said, "I get by with a little help from my friends") We have a dedicated team of Technicians here 24/7, 365 to help you with any questions or concerns you may have and get you rocking and rolling in the cloud with as little stress as possible.
Hopefully, that clears up those cloud questions, but if you have any additional questions, please feel free to chat with our amazing Frontline team any day of the week, at any hour!
Written by Hostwinds Team / December 10, 2018