Description: Called file hosting services, these online systems allow documents, images and files to be stored on distant servers rather than on a PC.
Date: Jan 28, 2011
In the old days of computing, you could carry only as many files as you had floppy disks. Then came hard drives and thumb drives, allowing those so inclined to carry entire digital encyclopedias in their pockets. Finally, thanks to new services that store data in the cloud, yet another stage of storage evolution (maybe the final one) has been reached: the celestial hard drive, a storage medium that exists solely in the electronic ether.
Called file hosting services, these online systems allow documents, images and files to be stored on distant servers rather than on a PC. Most of these services store a local copy on your own PC or Mac, and many offer a special folder on your computer that will mirror your selected files on multiple computers. Other services are Internet-only and allow you to upload and share files with multiple users in a few minutes without resorting to dropping CDs in the mail. Read rest of story
Questions for discussion:
- How helpful are these cloud storage services for work or for home?
- What are some applications for business computing that you think would add value to a firm’s technology infrastructure?
- Are there any risks in using these services?