The Benefits of Using Cloud Storage

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Guess what?! Still, in 2019, some people have yet to embrace some type of cloud storage.  From experience, when a cloud storage solution is mentioned and/or suggested as a viable technology tool, the questions arise, “what is it and why should it be used?”  These questions seem to come from a lack of knowledge or the fear of online security.  In either way, cloud storage is here and instead of showing signs of dissolving, it is evolving. 

For clarity, according to Cloud Storage Advice, we can define cloud storage as an on-demand computing model which relies on a stable Internet connection to share and access data across multiple devices such as computers or smartphones.[1] In layman’s terms, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, and iCloud are all examples of cloud storage solutions.  As a benefit, users can stop saving files on your device’s or external hard drives, and/or USB thumb drives and save all of their files online in a cloud storage solution of their choice.  Not only that, files can be accessed from anywhere in the world on any internet-connected device or corresponding cloud storage mobile app. 

Within Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (CFISD), users are familiar with Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.  These solutions can be used to promote creation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and citizenship when used efficiently.  Using such tools, users can store and manage files, photos, music, and videos and share them all with whomever they would like.  When used efficiently, cloud storage can limit the use of email of being sent backward and forwards when edits are made to a file.  Not only that, cloud storage automatically syncs changes across all devices.

OneDrive Files on Demand (Install from the CFISD Ivanti Portal) 

 

Moreover, the CFISD’s selected cloud storage solutions, namely Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, now have some awesome desktop solutions.  Believe it or not, users can now save and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in and within Google Drive.  Also, Microsoft OneDrive now gives users the ability to back up files saved on one’s Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders so they’re protected and available on other devices.  Note, the Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive mentioned features are just a few to spark one’s interest.

Google Drive File Stream (Install from the CFISD Ivanti Portal) 

 
Steven S. Stone, M.Ed is the CFISD Instructional Technology Training Coordinator.


[1] Barret Selby, “What Is Cloud Storage and What Are Its Advantages?,” https://cloudstorageadvice.com/what-is-cloud-storage/, posted on August 17, 2018, accessed on September 18, 2019.

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