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First, a clarification: 'Cloud' is a recent buzzword that translates to 'Server Farm'.
With that in mind, there are some arguments in favor of a cloud in that (in some cases) your stored data is over-encrypted and split up between more than one server in an attempt to A) keep the employees' mitts off, and B) to uphold the concept that splitting data between more than one unit is intrinsically 'safer'...or the 'eggs in one basket' saw.
The downside is: a power outage in Philly (for example) may mean you cannot get to your grandkids photos, or your latest music mix when YOU want to, maybe not for days to weeks. Inversely, an unmonitored power surge could wipe out the directory file that tells the system where your other bits are, and the fine print absolves the 'farmers' of suffering any recourse.
Sooo, the old latin expression 'Caveat Emptor' (Buyer Beware) is most neccessary in considering use of a Cloud service...might be better off to buy another stand-alone drive for a back-up. :-D
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