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  1. #11


    The Cloud to me is a place to safeguard my 100 plus years of family, special event photographs that will be passed on to my kids.

    How often have people lost photographs (paper or digital) over the years, I for one had many HD failures in the early digital age and kids misplacing photos, to loose so many memories at my stage in life is a crime.

    This is the best 25gb of future proofing for me....

    Who better to safe guard your data than Microsoft.... My view......

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by kingstonian View Post
    The Cloud to me is a place to safeguard my 100 plus years of family, special event photographs that will be passed on to my kids.

    How often have people lost photographs (paper or digital) over the years, I for one had many HD failures in the early digital age and kids misplacing photos, to loose so many memories at my stage in life is a crime.

    This is the best 25gb of future proofing for me....

    Who better to safe guard your data than Microsoft.... My view......
    I assume you did not use Kimdotcom site for file storage. That makes cloud storage buyer beware.
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  3. #13


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    It's fine as long as it's reliable enough and it works.
    It will take a long time till I'm convinced that cloud is better than local storage (for personal usage not business).
    But depends what "better" means in the first place. In terms of: reliability, access speed, availability, scalability...

    I'm not gonna point this to Microsoft, Google and others that provide cloud storage, but I've seen some example servers and the basic hardware quality: for me, my own computers are better IMO. Treated with care, I know exactly where my drives are. I don't expect this to be the choice for the average man.
    But in a cloud you don't even know exactly where your files are. They are there, virtually, when you click on them.

    Here follows my view on the situation, it should be self-explanatory.

    This is Bessy in grandma's field:
    Click image for larger version
    Compare her with the local disk in your computer, or your good ol' external disk.
    You know the location, the contents, file-system and OS.

    And this is industrial cow farming, just a small cluster from the whole pack:
    Click image for larger version
    Compare this with the storage drives in cloud servers.
    Can be anywhere, mostly on cheap locations, mass-production is the key.

    So, where is your data actually? South America, India, US... or split across all locations...
    Don't really care because it's there when you need it! Right?

    Everyone uses what he trusts or works best for them. I just added my view on the matter.
    I don't trust the cloud with sensitive data but I use it for general purposes since it found its way in all daily services (it's omnipresent).

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  4. #14


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Hi Hopachi,

    Good comparison. . .
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Hi Hopachi,

    Good comparison. . .
    Thanks.
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  6. #16


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Redundancy, resiliency, replication, load balancing, distributed architecture, multiple servers, multiple disk arrays, a data centre has all of that plus fire protection, UPS etc , controlled environmental conditions, the cloud then replicates that across multiple data centres in geographically diverse centres so protecting against a local natural disaster.
    Your files are safer in the cloud than they are on your little black box. It has its place, I use one too for system images, I also backup to my own server, which backs up to a little black box, but my failsafe is cloud storage. A hdd can go phut anytime. Your files distributed and replicated across multiple secure and resilient data centres are far safer than on local storage.
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Redundancy, resiliency, replication, load balancing, distributed architecture, multiple servers, multiple disk arrays, a data centre has all of that plus fire protection, UPS etc , controlled environmental conditions, the cloud then replicates that across multiple data centres in geographically diverse centres so protecting against a local natural disaster.
    Your files are safer in the cloud than they are on your little black box. It has its place, I use one too for system images, I also backup to my own server, which backs up to a little black box, but my failsafe is cloud storage. A hdd can go phut anytime. Your files distributed and replicated across multiple secure and resilient data centres are far safer than on local storage.
    Nice post... and I admit, it's true.
    That's why a price is also included (per used GB mostly).

    Since I have simple data, and know my backups, I'm not afraid of data loss.
    In the end, every man to his backup system.
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  8. #18


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    You can get a reasonable amount free. 25Gb SkyDrive, 5gb Dropbox, 5Gb GoogleDrive. I'm sure there are more out here but they are the ones I use.
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  9. #19


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Redundancy, resiliency, replication, load balancing, distributed architecture, multiple servers, multiple disk arrays, a data centre has all of that plus fire protection, UPS etc , controlled environmental conditions, the cloud then replicates that across multiple data centres in geographically diverse centres so protecting against a local natural disaster.
    Your files are safer in the cloud than they are on your little black box. It has its place, I use one too for system images, I also backup to my own server, which backs up to a little black box, but my failsafe is cloud storage. A hdd can go phut anytime. Your files distributed and replicated across multiple secure and resilient data centres are far safer than on local storage.
    Hi Steveb,

    Wow, that is great writing. You need to contact the Madison Ave guys because with this kind of writing talent they just might hire you. . .
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  10. #20


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Lee I assume you are taking the piss.
    As an Englishman I do not understand your reference to Maddison Avenue, other than knowing it is a thoroughfare in New York, I fail to see its relevance to distributed storage. Your quaint Americanisms baffle me I am afraid.
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