What Is Cloud Storage? – Definition, Types, and Benefits

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What Is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a broad term for cloud-based data storage services.

Cloud storage works by letting users store data on remote servers. Users can access their data from anywhere via the internet.

Cloud storage providers cater to individual consumers and businesses alike. For example, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform primarily service enterprise and business customers, while other cloud storage providers offer only consumer-grade services.

What Are the Types of Cloud Storage?

There are three main categories of cloud storage: private cloud storage, public cloud storage, and hybrid cloud storage.

Private cloud storage

Private cloud storage refers to storing data within an organization’s own private cloud, typically in its data center.

Related: 3 Reasons Why Private Cloud Computing Is Losing Its Appeal

Public cloud storage

Public cloud storage is data storage offered by cloud service providers. Amazon S3 and Microsoft’s Azure Files are examples of public cloud storage services.

Large cloud service providers offer different tiers and classes of storage, each tailored to specific use cases and performance requirements. Storage prices vary from one tier to another. For example, an archive storage tier, which is meant for storing data that is

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