Internet Storage: Friend or Foe

Gabriel Knight By Gabriel Knight, 13th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/21ay8p4o/
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Some advantages and disadvantages of Internet storage.

Internet Storage

Internet storage is becoming increasingly popular to corporations and individual computer users. The idea of uploading all of your data to an online server and not ever having to worry about its condition is very appealing, but not always accurate.

Advantages of Internet storage –
Your data is safe from accidentally erasing it
It is inexpensive compared to buying hardware
It is accessible from any computer
You can easily share information with friends

Disadvantages of Internet storage –
Anyone who hacks into your storage site has access to your data
If the company goes out of business you have the potential of losing all your data
After extended use the price may be higher than the initial cost of hardware
No internet connection, no data access

An example of Internet storage sites and are listed below.

KineticD

The price is a little expensive compared to other sites, $2/GB, but the flexibility makes it almost worth it. They only charge for what is used. This is great especially for a small up starting business. When the business has no idea of the amount of storage that is needed this could very well be the way, at least till they have an idea of their need.

Registration is easy and only requires basic company information, user information, and of course credit card information.

Other features that this site offers are continuous backups, web file sharing, and file versioning.

A corporation using Internet storage and extras such as geographic mirroring and load balancing can benefit greatly from a global online storage system. The storage infrastructure can benefit the company with quick online access, reduction of IT expenditures, and data security.

Would I recommend Internet storage to a friend? It would depend on the uses that that friend needs it for. Many sites offer a sizeable amount of storage for free. If my friend is in school and is looking for a way to transfer files from home to the at-school lab, then yes, I would make the recommendation. I would, however, also recommend a hard backup at home. This way if something does happen to the Internet storage site his/her data is secure and not lost.

Links

My Other Computer Links at Wikinut:

Five Best Compression Tools
A Brief Guide for Creating a User Acceptance Test
How to Connect to the Internet

Tags

Box, Data, Deposit, Geographic Mirroring, Internet, Load Balancing, Storage

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