Cloud Storage: You already have it…

What is all the fuss about Cloud Storage? This is the notion that you can store all (or some) of your files in the internet “cloud”…i.e. online using some kind of paid service from Amazon (S3) or any number of web services. Aside from the fact that this could be considered a security nightmare if left unmanaged to network users… “er, sorry, I stored the 3Q budget figures in the cloud, and now I can’t remember the password”… there are existing alternatives that you already have available and for which you may already have paid:

  1. If you use Google Docs, your documents are stored in the cloud
  2. If you use BaseCamp, your documents are stored in the cloud
  3. If you have a web site, you have the ability to use FTP to transmit your files and store them in a presumably permanent and secure place.
  4. How about a thumb drive? Your personal cloud.

So the idea of paying $4.95 a month extra to store files seems ridiculous.

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