Cloud storage (opens in new tab) remains one of the more confusing tech terms around; nearly a quarter million queries on “what is cloud storage” were carried out globally over the past 12 months according to Google, a 21% rise over the same period the year before.
At its simplest, Cloud storage is disk space, usually in a data center, which you can access to save or retrieve files. That space is usually owned and operated by what is commonly called a hyperscaler (e.g. Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tencent or Alibaba).
That is an important point: that space is owned by them, not you, you are only renting it (as you would do in a condominium or a flat); in other words, you are leasing a hard drive or SSD or tape (or a portion of it) in the cloud. For the purpose of…