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If you’re not familiar with the terms “cloud storage” and “cloud computing,” differentiating between the two may be difficult. While cloud storage and cloud computing share a similar service (the cloud), they relate to different ideas.

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage refers to the ability to store data over the internet, instead of directly on a computer. No matter where you are storing your data online, it’s all in “the cloud.” Cloud storage prevents your data from being destroyed in case of an emergency because it is saved remotely.  Often, computer storage solutions save your data in real-time so you’re backup is always recent, which is helpful for online collaboration. Cloud technology solutions, essentially, store your information via a remote and highly secured server site. After it’s been stored in the cloud, you can access it at any time and give access to others, as well.

In business, cloud storage enables team members to collaborate freely no matter where they are. Cloud storage maintains client and billing information safe and easy to access. With cloud storage, you and your business have unlimited storage for your data.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing refers to the ability to work and collaborate online using a remote processing power. In order to work online, however, you first need to upload data to the cloud (cloud storage) or storage server. Cloud computing is mainly used for business purposes. For example, Software as a Service (SaaS) companies provide its users with applications accessible online. These companies host their services, so that your company doesn’t have to build the infrastructure required for that service.

Your business isn’t restricted to using just cloud storage or cloud computing. Using both services can improve how you serve yourself and your clients. Utilizing cloud technology can help your business avoid traditional computing restrictions such as power, set up time, and price.