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Some Popular Myths about Cloud Storage

It’s normal for people to jump into the wrong conclusion when they come across something new. Of course, with the rise in popularity of cloud backup in the past few years, it’s only normal to hear that a few myths being passed around from ear to ear.

Here are some of them:

1. Cloud backup is very expensive.

Yes, there was a time when cloud backup was not a practical for personal users. It was mainly a business product, something that would be way out of your budget if you’re only thinking about your personal files. However, as the demand for it grew, the belief that cloud backup is expensive has slowly turned into a debunked myth. Today, you can get an extensive online backup plan for a price that fits anybody’s budget.

2. A single backup is enough.

Sure, you’ve placed all your files in an external disk. You should be safe enough now, right? Wrong!

Remember that as long as your copies are found in physical storages, there will always be a higher risk of exposure to security threats, as well as to natural threats like fire or flooding. No matter how confident you are about your existing backup, investing in a great cloud service could be the best decision you have ever made to keep your files safe.

3. Backing up and retrieving your files takes forever.

Your backup and retrieval process is also dependent on your existing internet connection. Do if you know that your internet connection is stable and fast enough, then you have nothing to worry about in terms of speed of backup and retrieval.

These are just three of the many myths that you might encounter along the way. But no matter how convincing some of the myths are, don’t fall for them easily. After all, the cloud backup industry wouldn’t have gotten this big if others have not yet proven these myths wrong.

What are the Specifics on Cheaper Cloud Computing from Google?

Even in multinational companies, it’s an unusual scenario to have all the departments be in a hurry and running on deadlines all the time. A successful company has its own work rhythm. This may mean one or two departments require different business tools like a cloud computing resource to execute high-risk and urgent tasks. At the same time, another one or two departments are waiting for the pressing tasks to be done so they can execute the next steps. This process is executed steadily up until the work is done. With this rhythm, you can see that it’s not all the time that a department needs a cloud computing service to finish a project. For these kinds of instances, Google has presented a cheaper way to use the cloud for low-priority tasks.

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What is Preemptible Virtual Machine?

The Preemptible Virtual Machine is a cloud platform introduced by Google just a couple of months ago. It is a service that enables computing resources at a lower cost, which is perfect for tasks that aren’t flagged as “urgent” or “hot,” and are thus considered interruptible. Google has computed that the new cloud platform can help a company save up to 70 percent compared to the pre-set Computer Engine setting. It is a cheap option, as budget-friendly as $0.01 per instance per hour. This is significantly lower compared to the majority of inexpensive Virtual Machines that charge between $0.03 and $0.11 on an hourly basis.

What is the catch?

The cheaper option can easily lure companies that use cloud services, no doubt. But one factor to take into consideration with the Preemptible VM is its catch – the machine may just abruptly stop working even when you’re actively using it. It may also stop with close to nothing of a warning when it reaches its peak periods.

What is Google saying about this drawback?

Google doesn’t see it as a particular cloud service drawback. In fact, the company points out that the service (in beta) is suitable for productivity tasks that are tolerant to faults, and that are easy to distribute to various Virtual Machines. Even critical workloads, such as data analysis, genomics, modeling, and simulation, which require computational prowess, can be run intermittently using the VMs.

What processes are implemented by Google to offer this cloud service?

To present this cloud computing resource to the buying public, the search engine giant will make use of the free capacity right in its data center. When there is a demand on these spaces and Google requires more cloud resources, then the virtual machines connected with the Preemptible Virtual Machine are brought back. This is where the interruption on the current processing happens. As a warning, Google will flash a warning with a 30-second window to save that, by computation, should be enough to save the interrupted task. The upside to this is that the VM can go on working straight for more than a day.

This new cloud service feature of Google is somewhat a direct completion with the leaders in cloud computing, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

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