As technology improves and becomes more accessible, we are steadily moving away from storing our information in more traditional ways – be that onsite data storage or good old-fashioned paper.
Personal and professional documents, financial records, photos and videos, and entertainment media are all physically stored on our devices and our computers. But just how safe, secure, and available is this data?
Answering this question became one of the key ideas behind CloudGate Android PC, which aims to combine the content creation ability of a traditional computer with the flexibility of a mobile Android device.
Despite its 8GB of onboard storage, the device makes saving critical data in the cloud easy.
But why cloud?
Ask yourself: if your hard drive were to fail now, do you have a backup?
If not, your documents, images and videos could be permanently lost.
You might already be using cloud services without knowing it: Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneDrive are all examples.
Cloud storage provides you with the peace of mind for your data – instead of storing the data only on your device or computer, you can also store the same data online, in the cloud.
It provides ease of accessibility: you might also have digital data spread across several devices, and making use of cloud services allows you to link any internet-connected device and consolidate information in a single point.
You can then access this information from any computer or mobile device just by logging in to your account.
Many cloud storage providers offer a generous amount of storage for free and make it easy for you to save and organise data through features like sync folders. Anything copied to the sync folder on your computer or device gets automatically uploaded to the cloud.
The safety and security of data are also taken into account, with many cloud service providers offering encryption and password protection of files and folders, and using secure connections during internet access.
Reputable cloud storage also offers redundancy by saving data on multiple servers, so even if one of their servers or hard drives fail, you will still have access to all your data – and not even be aware that there was a problem in the first place!
We’re not saying there isn’t a place for hard drives anymore – corporations will still need hard drives to store large amounts of data – but their importance for consumers is on the decline.