Cloud computing in the real world
Why the will for therefore many clouds? We’re addicted to mobile devices, but our phones can only hold most information. Put the information within the cloud, and it’s always nearby. We wish to share big files with friends, but e-mail does a lousy job of it. Deploy a shared cloud folder, stuff it together with your vacation photos, and you may grant access to anyone you select.
Though i love cloud storage, i don’t entirely trust it. In any case, Dropbox suffered a significant security breach last year; the corporate said Wednesday that has tightened its security policies and encrypts all stored data. Still, though i exploit Dropbox and SkyDrive, I never include sensitive data like tax records. But for research documents or family photos, the blessings far outstrip the hazards.
Dropbox offers just two gigabytes of free storage. But that’s enough for thousands of documents, or hundreds of high-resolution photos. The software creates a folder on any Windows PC, Mac, or Linux computer. Drop a file within the Dropbox, and it’s copied to the cloud, where you will get at it through a browser, or apps for Apple Inc. devices, phones running Google’s Android software, or BlackBerry phones. The file is additionally copied for your other computers running Dropbox software, like your laptop. Get on a plane without Internet access, and also you still have copies of your stuff.
SugarSync offers an analogous functionality, but with five gigs without cost as opposed to two. And SugarSync doesn’t force you to pull files to a selected folder. Instead, just select any folder in your machine, and click on the fitting-side mouse button to share it.
Like many cloud storage services, Dropbox and Sugarsync will sell you more capacity. Dropbox provides you with 50 gigs for $9.99 a month, for example, while SugarSync offers 30 gigs for $4.99. Most cloud storage users accept the freebie edition.
Still, more is best. Microsoft’s SkyDrive grants 25 gigs of free storage. The service has acquired about 17 million users, but i’d have expected more. In any case, anybody with access to Microsoft’s popular Hotmail service gets a SkyDrive account to boot.