FTP vs. Cloud. Find Differences and help your business

While FTP is generally an outdated concept, many companies are still using it rather than migrating to cloud technologies

What is a Cloud?

Cloud or cloud computing is a general term for a variety of services like cloud storage (like pCloud), software applications and networking. These services are hosted on the Internet and are accessed through a web browser or a desktop client allowing users the ability to access everything on the cloud, from software to their stored data, without having to save anything on their actual computers.

What is an FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol – a pretty standard protocol used for transferring files online, dating from the time the internet was born. It is used for uploading and downloading files to/from a locally hosted server. The access to the local server is restricted and only people with the appropriate restrictions to the server can download the files to their local computers or upload files with a designated FTP client.

What is important to mention here is the fact that FTP was developed way before standard encryption mechanisms. Any transfer trough FTP is “out in the wild” – meaning that anyone who is on the look for passwords, usernames and server locations can get them fairly easily.

In this article, we compare the two and determine the clear edge that cloud computing has to local servers. Continue reading and learn the differences between FTP Servers and Cloud Storages for your business.