“It’s all in the cloud.”
When someone refers to the cloud, they’re referring to the software and databases that run on servers accessed through the Internet. This forms the cloud. These servers operate as a single ecosystem designed to store and manage data, run apps, or deliver content and/or services (i.e. web mail or office productivity software).
Cloud storage platforms, like Amazon S3 or Google Cloud, are an alternative to more traditional forms of storing and backing up your data, like purchasing and transferring your data from a local hard drive to an external one. In the case your hard drive is damaged or fails, the risk of data loss is unavoidable. Cloud storage solutions help solve that problem.
Cloud storage gives you the ability to save all your files and data on off-site storage systems which are housed in facilities called data centers. A cloud provider hosts, maintains, and secures these servers to make sure you have access to your data. These servers are usually virtual machines stored on physical servers. Virtualization makes it possible to create virtual computer systems that allow providers to run multiple systems on one single server.
When you upload your files and data through the internet, the data is sent to a single data server, which forwards that information to multiple servers. This means that the same data is being stored in multiple machines. So, if one server is under maintenance or goes down, users still have the ability to access what they need. By storing your data on the cloud, you’re accessing your files over the internet, rather than locally from within your laptop or desktop.
You can read more about how Rethink protects your data’s security here.
As a provider, Rethink secures and maintains the servers, with the help of our partner Amazon Web Services, so you can safely and easily access your data. With us, you can work with your files in the cloud exactly like your desktop files and integrate your applications so you don’t have to constantly switch between them. You can access, move, store and view your files all in one place.
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