Richard Bucker

Cloud Storage Options

Posted at — Jan 2, 2012

I have been considering my cloud storage options and they all lack serious consideration. The best seems to be the best of the worst. I’ve made a spreadsheet of the features that are important to me and my situation. They are: Backup? Sync? Secure Share? Mobile? Net Drive? Cross Platform? Free is more of a curiosity for testing? First Pay is the cost of first entry? And whatever else I’ve learned that is a deal breaker.The spreadsheet below is incomplete only because they simply do not stack up. There are so many other considerations… speed, server location, trust, brand awareness, security, perceived benefit and service.<img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-587” title=“storage” src=“http://rbucker.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/storage.png" alt=” width=“645” height=“423” />Given the state of my environment, which is a hybrid family/SOHO setup, I like/prefer CrashPlan and DropBox. However, I’m certain that things are going to change.  These companies need growth which is only going to increase with features and service levels. Of course brand awareness like Google means a lot.PS: Google storage should be on the list but it’s not.  It is simply a net drive and an unreliable one at that.