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“To a lot of people, the cloud is still quite abstract,” Guido says. “You can hold an external hard disk in your hands, but the cloud isreally virtual.” That being said, the differences between the two are actually quite small. “The cloud offers you a secured space on an external server,” Guido continues. “You can use that space to save all your confidential and other data on that server and have access to it at any time of the day and night.”
Cloud storage makes it very easy to collaborate online, or to make secure back-ups of your data. “It is especially interesting for people who are on the road a lot,” Sharon adds. “You can manage your appointments on the road, consult important documents, and so on.”
“Some people still don’t trust the cloud,” Sharon says. “I have a customer who’d rather use and external disk because she wants her customer data to remain secure. But a cloud server is certainly no less secure. And if the hard disk crashes, she loses everything, but that’s often not so easy to explain.” Even users who are held to strict confidentiality, such as doctors or lawyers, can store data in the cloud without any issues.