Posts Tagged ‘cloud storage’

The Cloud: Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Storing Data

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

These are all very important questions … and it’s kind of surprising that many people weren’t asking themselves these questions a year or two, when cloud storage first became popular.

The rise of cloud storage in the past two or so years was fueled largely by an increase in mobile Internet usage. Barely any smartphone gets released these days without Internet access and an app store that users can make use of to install apps on their phones. They can then browse the Internet, check emails, post updates to Twitter or Facebook, or play online games with other people. With mobile Internet came the desired to synchronize data like contact lists, the calendar or emails between clients,and with rising Internet speeds came the desire to access documents and files for entertainment on the go as well.


7 Things You Can Do with Your Cloud Storage

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Cloud storage can be incredibly helpful … as long as you keep in mind that privacy and security work differently in the cloud than they do on your hard drive.

Now that half of the world is talking about hosting files in the cloud, I thought it to be a good idea to take a look at what you can actually do with cloud storage space.  While you could use it exclusively to host files online, you may be missing out on some of the advanced options that online storage provides. This guide contains suggestions as to what these options may be.


Dropbox Interview

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

This article provides a slightly different perspective on the recent rise of security problems at cloud hosting sites …

The popular cloud hosting and syncing service Dropbox has been in the news lately. First there were reports about Dropbox being insecure because of a configuration file that could allow anyone to access a user’s Dropbox storage.


Why You Need to Protect Your Data in the Cloud

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Here’s one to file under, “We All Knew This was Going to Happen Sooner or Later” …

Several events recently have shown some of the weaknesses, or dangers, of cloud based hosting, and the need for information and guides to aid users in protecting their data in the cloud. To keep it simple: The cloud in the context of this article refers to all remote storage locations that you do not have full control over. This includes your Dropbox account, your videos on Youtube or the data that you upload to Facebook.


Amazon Cloud Drive – Free Online Storage

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting application of cloud server technology. It makes a lot of sense; buy an MP3, then store it in the cloud for free …

Free online storage; every company and their mother seem to be offering cloud based storage these days. Amazon has joined the fray with Amazon Cloud Drive, offering five Gigabytes of free online storage to Amazon customers. It has been designed specifically for music, photos and documents, but it is possible to upload other files to the cloud servers as well. The service utilizes Amazons’ own Simple Storage Service (S3) that Amazon uses to run all of its web properties.


EU to Fund 16m Euro Research Project into Cloud Storage

Monday, November 15th, 2010

There certainly is a lot of money being thrown at cloud computing these days …

The technology we use every day is move ever more relentlessly towards the cloud.  This isn’t a new concept, it’s been around since the birth of Hotmail and other similar webmail services.


Private cloud storage more appealing than public?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

This makes sense; especially for businesses who are concerned about the relatively low level of security in a public environment …

As over-hyped as cloud technologies may seem, they can be a reality and a priority for many IT professionals today. In this blog post, IT pro Rick Vanover discusses private cloud solutions for storage that may be easier to use for organizations concerned about the location of their data.


Each time we bring up cloud technologies there are scores of discussions and concerns about the transport of data or other IT assets out of an organization’s datacenter. If it never leaves your datacenter, does that seem like a better approach? Even at the recent TechRepublic event, “Changing the Face of IT”, Editor in Chief Jason Hiner stated that one of the top trends in IT is cloud technology, yet IT professionals seem to be more comfortable with a private cloud. Ironically, the private cloud seems to look more like a traditional datacenter. So what is the difference between a traditional SAN or storage administration practice and a private cloud storage solution?


Has the Consolidation of Cloud Storage Started?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

If the big guys are starting to buy up small cloud infrastructure companies, then that’s a good sign that cloud-based storage is a trend that will continue to grow …

As I was preparing for our upcoming Structure 2010 conference earlier this month, I had various conversations with venture capitalists who have invested in cloud and web infrastructure companies in which the topic of cloud-based storage came up. The consensus was that the cloud storage market was overcrowded and as such it was only a matter of time before there would be thinning of the herd, with many companies getting gobbled up by larger players.