Cloud drive storage is the mounting of storage capacity provided by a cloud storage service so that it appears to the server as a normal drive letter. In this manner, the server can treat the cloud storage as if it were a drive on direct-attached storage or a shared storage filer so files can be easily saved to and restored from the cloud.
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This practice makes it easy for applications to access the cloud storage -- no middleware or special cloud storage APIs are required; the application just needs to know what drive letter it should direct its requests to.
The term “cloud drive” has been popularized in part by Amazon, which offers the Amazon Cloud Drive cloud storage service but many other services offer the same interface and access to cloud storage.