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Cloud storage is one of the fastest growing areas of cloud computing. Cloud storage has evolved in many forms and supports a variety of use cases.
Among the public, the most familiar types of cloud storage are the consumer-oriented cloud storage services that enable people to back up files online, sync files across multiple devices, and share photos, videos, and music with friends. The file backup service MozyHome and the photo-sharing service Instagram are good examples of consumer-oriented cloud storage in action.
Another class of cloud storage services are those geared toward the needs of businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. Within this class of enterprise cloud storage solutions there are three different types of cloud storage:
Cloud storage serves a range of enterprise use cases including:
Because cloud storage entails using the Internet to push data into storage and to retrieve data when it's needed, service availability and performance are major concerns. Akamai helps businesses get more value from cloud storage by improving storage service availability and performance for their employees, partners, and customers accessing the service through the Internet. The global Akamai Intelligent Platform, with more than 175,000 servers in more than 100 countries, uses a combination of network routing optimization, transport protocol optimization, and intelligent caching of static and dynamic content to accelerate and secure the delivery of cloud services over the Internet. For audio and video content, the Akamai media platform also optimizes content for delivery to a wide variety of mobile devices.