Using a Cloud versus having the hardware installed on your personal computer has been gaining a lot of speed over the past couple of years. There are many benefits to storing your files on a Cloud versus saving them directly. A Cloud will give you access to your files not matter where you are as long as you have an internet connection and the ability to sign into your Cloud account. You no longer have to worry about lugging around a flash drive or burning a disk. Floppy disks are long gone, and the Cloud looks like it will replace external hard drives and flash drives in the near future.
Apple was the first to take advantage of the Cloud service. They announced it with the launch of their iPad, and other tablets soon fall inline. Apple knows what a great idea that Cloud is and that is why the majority of Cloud users, almost 100 million, currently use the Apple Cloud system.
The Apple Cloud
Apple has an extremely loyal set of followers. Most Apple users refused to go back to using anything else, and that is why so many people are dedicated to using the Apple Cloud. The iPad was the first tablet to launch, and like all new technology many people were jumping at the chance to get their hands on it. The iPad brought the Cloud to light and made people aware of this new system and how easy it was to use. One of the most beneficial aspects about using a Cloud is that you will be able to access your information from your iPad, iPhone, or Mac. It makes transferring files quick and hassle free.
The iPhone was the first major Smartphone to hit the market, and one thing that many people struggled with is all the money that they lost should the phone get lost, stolen, or broken. Apps can be pricey depending on the type that you are investing in, and when the original iPhone was released there really was no way to back up these apps should something happen to the phone. That meant that if you had not backed up your phone all of your pictures, music, and apps would be gone. Sure backing up the phone could help, but how many people backup their phone every day? The cloud made it possible to access files directly from your iPhone and store all of your documents, photos, music, and applications so if something happened to your iPhone you have minimized the loss.
Google understands that not everyone can afford Apple products, and sometimes even the ones that can prefer not to invest in Apple. They understood that their company was capable of building a Cloud that would be able to match a lot of the iCloud’s capabilities, and that is why they developed Drive. Drive is a partially free Cloud service for anyone that has internet access. Google took it one step forward; they did not want Drive to have a limited set of users so they made it work for everyone. You can use Google Drive if you own an Apple product, or any other style product that can receive an internet signal. Drive is available for both the iPhone and Android powered Smartphones, and it is available for the Mac as well as the PC.
Currently, the iCloud still remains the top for Cloud services. Google Drive is a fairly new launch, and people are still learning about Cloud services. The only drawback to the Drive is that you only have 5GB of available space for free. Anything above and beyond that you will be required to pay a monthly fee in order to maintain. This makes that drive a great solution for current projects and information, but it could become costly over time if you try to store all of your files. The upside to drive is that it is available to anyone that creates an account, and that is where the iCloud falls short.
Author Bio:- Jason Phillips, a mechanical engineer, has shared this post. A New Mexico native, he currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Whenever free, he loves to write on gadgets, hosted crm and cloud computing.