Cloud hosting companies have several different protocols for sending and receiving information. SOAP and REST are two popular protocols. SOAP works well for cloud storage for a number of reasons.

First, what is SOAP?

SOAP started out as an acronym for Simple Object Access Protocol. The acronym was dropped, however, as SOAP began to expand its uses. Now it is simply referred to as SOAP without any underlying meaning to the letters. That doesn’t reduce its ability to provide cloud storage services, however.

SOAP is XML-based, meaning that’s the language of the protocol. This makes it easy to use, versatile and flexible, and scalable. Because XML has become a widely used language for many uses, including data feed distribution, it makes for a powerful language for delivering data files to and from remote locations securely.

SOAP is compatible with both SMTP and HTTP for data transfer purposes. While the SOAP-HTTP combination has gained wider acceptability, the fact that SOAP can interact with SMTP gives it an edge. Also, SOAP is compatible with HTTPS, which makes it desirable for data storage for security purposes.

SOAP can easily tunnel over and through other protocols such as firewalls and proxies.

SOAP is also compatible with Java.

In a word, SOAP is versatile and flexible making it a powerful protocol for data transfer and data storage components in the cloud.