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Connect cloud storage overview


Bioinformatics data is commonly stored on compliant cloud storage services, such as [Amazon Web Services (AWS)](https://aws.amazon.com/) and [Google Cloud Platform](https://cloud.google.com/). If you store your files on AWS or GCP, the CGC's **API **lets you connect your storage to the Seven Bridges Cancer Genomics Cloud. Once such a connection is established, files and objects from your cloud account are available for computation on CAVATICA. Similarly, files in your account on the CGC can be copied into your connected cloud storage. This chapter introduces two important concepts for using cloud storage on CAVATICA: * A **volume** is a generic storage repository, on the cloud, external to CAVATICA, on which CAVATICA can communicate via the API. * An **alias** is a file that is not on CAVATICA, but is instead on an external volume that has been connected to CAVATICA. Operations on volumes are handled by CAVATICA API. For the API reference, see the [Volumes](doc:volumes-v2) section of the API documentation.