This one confuses a lot of people, including myself until I put in some research and found out it’s not that mysterious. “The Cloud” is simply another location for saving (storing) your files. It is linked to your computer via an account you create and is secure. Stating all our files are in The Cloud or you Save to The Cloud, is really just a slang term for saving to another location via the internet.
Let’s take it back a step. When you create a novel or a letter and you save that file onto your computer. Whether it’s a Desktop, Laptop or another device it doesn’t matter. You now have an electronic file.
Now, back in the day, computers had a habit of crashing and you’d lose all your work if you didn’t save regularly. To solve this issue, servers were created in various locations and you could save your files to them via the magic of the internet.
So your file is saved onto your computer and at another location. Getting the file from your computer to the other server was given the slang term of flying through the Clouds, and hence saying a file is in The Cloud just means it’s saved in another location.
Well, it all depends on which service you choose to use. Some are paid services, some are not and some come with your computer of choice.
Google Drive is a very popular choice as is Microsoft OneDrive and DropBox. I use iCloud Drive with my Mac account and there are many others. We’ll talk about them over the course of future posts, but for today, just realise that saving a file to a Cloud Service is just keeping it in another location.
Saving to The Cloud is the quickest, best and often cheapest solution. So, What is this CLOUD you keep hearing about? How does the cloud save your files? How do you access the Cloud? Is it expensive? Why do you really need it?
If you have further questions just pop them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.