What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud? These are all questions that you have probably heard or even asked yourself. The term cloud services is everywhere. In its simplest terms, cloud services means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of through your computer’s hard drive.
Cloud based mail, data retention, document storage, and hosted services. Cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping data available and accessible while also keeping the physical environment protected and running. Cloud based mail is a hosting service that operates email servers. Cloud based mail usually offers a premium email at a cost as opposed to advertisement supported free email services. Cloud based mail thus differs from typical end-user email providers such as web mail sites. Cloud based mail caters for demanding small and medium size businesses while larger businesses usually run their own email hosting services.
Data retention is the continued storage of a company or organisations data for business reasons. Data retention defines the policies of persistent data and record management for meeting legal and business data archival requirements.
Document storage is a model of data storage in which digital data is stored in logical pools. The physical storage of these documents may span multiple servers (or locations), however the physical environment is owned and managed by the hosting company. Hosted services are a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organisations to make their website accessible via the internet. Web hosting services provide space on a server for clients as well as providing connectivity as well as making data free and available to clients at all times.