3 Kinds of Data You Can Move to the Cloud Today

Everybody’s talking about “the cloud” these days.

Cloud computing is the reason some Apple laptops only come with a 250 GB hard drive. It’s also why Google, Apple, and Amazon are fighting over who gets to host your music library.

And it’s where you’ll eventually end up storing your most precious data – probably.

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You might be moving data to the cloud to free up space on your local hard drive. Or maybe you just want to make your music and photos accessible from all your devices. Either way, migrating so many files to a new location can seem daunting.

But guess what? It’s not all that hard.

In fact, there are already several kinds of data you can move to the cloud today with minimal effort. Here are three of them:

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1. Documents

Nearly everybody has loads of Word files, PDF’s, and spreadsheets taking up space on their hard drives. Needless to say, if you’re ready to declutter your data a little bit, you’re in good company.

Thankfully, Google Docs has been around long enough that you might even call it a mature technology. Simply put, it’s an application that lets you create and store all kinds of documents securely in the cloud. If you want, you can even export each one to a Word document, PDF, or other file type.

Google Docs also lets you invite others to edit a document, which makes it a great alternative to sending attachments back and forth. And when you have a large file transfer, you won’t have to worry about your email client saying your message is too big to send.

2. Music

This year’s introduction of Amazon’s Cloud Player means everybody can finally get rid of those external drives they purchased to store their tunes. Sure, the service is only free up to 5GB, but most people will probably find it more affordable than the up-front cost of an external drive.

Its biggest draw, of course, is the ability to listen to your music on any device without moving files around – unless, of course, you have an iPhone. Amazon Cloud Player will work on your computer and your Android smartphone, but not on Apple iOS devices.

Apple users need not fear, however. Steve Jobs & Co. are set to release iCloud later this year. It’s meant to compete with Amazon’s service, and rumor has it you can use it for photos, too.

3. Backups

Want to liberate yourself from another external drive? Services like Rackspace and Amazon S3 let you back up all your data to the cloud – securely.

You can even set the service to backup only certain files and schedule backups for as often as you like. All backing up occurs in the background, so you’ll never even notice it’s happening.

In 2017, there’s little excuse to not keep at least some of your data in the cloud. After all, it’s getting easier to do so. Although these three examples are just the tip of the iceberg, trying any of them should help you get the hang of this whole “cloud” thing.

8 thoughts on “3 Kinds of Data You Can Move to the Cloud Today

  1. I’ve suffered from hard drive crashes, thumb drives just dieing for no reason and losing work that wasn’t properly backed up…but since Google docs came out i’ve pretty much moved all my work there – yea i create documents in MS Office sometimes, but they always end up in GDocs as a backup and so i can get to them from different locations/ computers which is a common thing for me.

    My parents used to tell me my head was int he clouds, now all my documents are there so i have something to read

  2. Cloud computing is a very nice way to De clutter your computer and hence have it running faster. Some types of data such as music take up too much space and with this you can have more extra space to put other things.

  3. excellent publish, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You should proceed your writing. I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  4. I feel the same as Elizabeth, it seems a bit dodgy to trust some server on the other side of the planet with all your important documents… however, you have a good point, Yiya! If someone steals my laptop with my external drive tomorrow, I’ll loose everything. Maybe both an external drive and cloud computers is the safest way to go…

  5. Yes, it could sound dangerous at first, but, if you think about it, you already have a lot of data and documents in the cloud, provided you use email and other. Also, I think it is more likely that I loose my laptops or it gets stolen than someone stealing my data from the cloud. I started using services like Dropbox and Google Docs a few months ago and now I can’t live without them. Even I have purchased a Chromebook.

  6. One of the primary obstacles to cloud computing however is the recent trend in data caps introduced by major ISPs. It severely reduces the practicality of cloud computing, atleast in the areas of it that necessitate huge data transfers like movies or transferring raw image files and so on.

  7. This whole “Cloud Computing” thing sounds interesting. I may sound a little outdated or whatever, but I’ve seriously never heard of this before. I’m still storing my files on CD-Rs like some computer geek from the ’90s. Ha-ha!

  8. I agree with all three of these, but what about email? Many people have already moved email to the cloud with Gmail and other services, and keeping local copies of all your messages would eat up a good chunk of that 64GB Macbook Air SSD.

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