Media Medic: The cloud

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Media Medic) In the simplest terms, working with the cloud means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.

The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. When you store data or run programs from your hard drive, that's called local storage and computing. There are several cloud options to choose from, such as the Microsoft “One Drive”, Apple “iCloud”, “Google Drive” and Amazon “Cloud Drive”.

Most of these have free versions with limited storage, or paid expanded versions for around $9 a month. Using these services is actually quite simple and convenient. They typically allow you to download an app to your computer and then provide you with an accompanying folder that you simply drag-and-drop your files.

This folder will automatically be synced with the cloud or online folder. This allows you to access this information anywhere you have internet service. An ideal situation if you have multiple computers or need to collaborate with others remotely.

You can also utilize mobile versions for even more diversity with access to your files.

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