Remote storage

Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope
Remote cloud storage

Remote storage, alternatively called cloud storage, describes storage accessed over a network (remotely). For example, a networked computer may utilize remote storage to hold video files that take up a lot of disk space. Remote storage may also be used as a place for offsite backup.

External storage vs. remote storage

Although remote storage is external, it should not be confused with external storage. External storage is removable and does not require a network or any storage medium connected to your computer. A USB (universal serial bus) flash drive is a good example of external storage. See our external storage page for further information and additional examples.

Advantages of remote storage

Remote storage is a lower-cost alternative to buying physical storage devices like an SSD (solid-state drive) and hard disk drives. Many popular remote storage services, including iCloud, Google Drive, and OneDrive, are available for monthly or annual subscription fees.

Another advantage of remote storage is accessing your files from several devices. By logging in with a username and password, you can access the same content on many platforms. In addition, files can be shared with other authorized users, allowing them to add, edit, or remove files for collaboration.

Disadvantages of remote storage

A drawback to remote storage is its reliance on a network connection. If you're experiencing Internet issues, you cannot access files on the storage network. If your connection is slow, you may have trouble backing up your files as quickly as you can on a local storage device.

Security is also a potential disadvantage. While most large services are protected with features like two-factor authentication, there is potential for unauthorized users to access your files when they are stored over the Internet.

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