Online Storage: the New Trend

By: Lucky Balaraman

It's time you started going online to get your computing work done rather sitting at your desktop. "Computer Work" includes data storage. Forget about backing things up on your hard drive, back up and store online for pennies on the dollar!

The subject of online storage is, like most others, "an ocean unto itself". This means that the prudent way to learn about it is to first read knowledgeable literature about it. Here's an article about it based on firsthand usage.

~~~ Local Storage Will Bite You ~~~

Some of the many reasons for not using local storage (i.e. DVDs, etc.) are:

Every desktop will crash at some point, taking your data with it. Massive web servers have copies of your data running on multiple machines. If one machine fails, your data is safe on another machine, and that machine is pressed into service automatically. The machine is unlikely to fail in the first place because access to it is very strictly controlled (unauthorized, untrained people can never mess around with it).

If you use DVDs or CDs for backup, they can get scratched, lost and thereby rendered useless through careless handling. In all likelihood that's already happened to you (like it has to me)

If your storage requirements are very large, say more than 1000 GB, you might have to buy an external hard drive of large capacity. These are expensive. The cost per byte stored works out less if you choose the right online server

Whether you use DVDs, CDs or external drives, how on earth do you access them when you travel away from your base location??

~~~ Online Storage Will Stroke You ~~~

Some of the reasons in favor of using online storage on a large server are:

A large online server will actually be a network of servers connected together, all of them belonging to the online storage company. Copies of your data will be stored on many of them. If the primary server crashes, one of the others takes over seamlessly. Since it has a copy of your data on it, you don't loose a single byte because of the crash

The probability of even the primary server crashing is remote. It's housed in a building with generator backup power, fire prevention systems, access only to authorized personnel, peripheral security cameras, et al

Suppose your files are accessed hundreds of times a minute. Your desktop would slow down, probably take hours to serve each request. A large online server is, as mentioned earlier, a network of servers with multiple copies of your data. If the primary server starts getting overburdened by download requests, the other servers kick in to start delivering your files (remember, all of them maintain copies of your files). The net result: users do not experience delay when demand is high

You can be anywhere on earth and be able to access your files (assuming that every place on earth has an Internet connection, which is getting to be more true by the second)

On a cost per byte basis, online can be CHEAPER than local storage!

~~~ In Conclusion ~~~

To sum things up, the outstanding reliability and scalability of large online storage servers make them preferable to local storage. Start using them and avoid data loss, server slowdowns and high hardware costs.

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