There’s a feeling of dread that used to occur to many people only 10-15 years ago. They could be working hard on a document of some sort.
Spend days working on a thesis or proposal. After a long night’s work, the data would be safely stored on a hard drive. The following morning, the person would wake up and check the hard drive to continue on with their work or retrieve it, only to find out that the hard drive crashed. Their hard work was gone forever.
Thankfully, we no longer live in a world where this needs to occur. The internet, and especially cloud storage has made it so that people can feel safe and have their data protected as they need it to be. What’s more, is that the same data and files can be accessed from multiple workspaces or devices. This allows for a document or file to be edited on a computer, then updated on a phone, while all the changes are saved together. The cloud has made data storage something to feel secure in.
The concept of filesync is a pretty easy one when people consider it. With filesync, a file is kept in a centralized location and is then accessed from any device that can login with the proper credentials. Filesync typically works through a storage system. Many internet behemoths offer filesync through their own programs and offerings.
Microsoft and Google certainly advertise and push their offerings on people. Microsoft OneDrive is intended to work with all Microsoft devices originally, but it has expanded to be usable by many different devices. Samsung devices can use OneDrive for example. Google has followed suit. Their office suite including Google Docs works as an instantaneous file sync. Documents are updated instantly and saved constantly. They can also be restored to previous versions, as all of them are saved.
The bonus to filesync is multiple people working off of the same files. There can be dozens of people working in the same spreadsheet at once and seeing the work that each person is putting in.
Similar to the concept of filesync is backup storage. Cloud backup storage is often linked with filesync systems. There are many programs which allow for the safe storage of documents and data. Going back to our introduction and the scenario described, the benefits of backup storage should be immediately obvious. Some of the most popular backup storage options are:
- Dropbox - This is one of the industry leaders and first on the scene with backup storage. Dropbox integrates seamlessly with any operating system to quickly and easily store files. There’s also the option to store the exact same files on a computer's hard drive. Any time there’s a change in one file, the other is changed via a multi file sync system. Dropbox has various storage tiers allowing for more files to be stored for more expensive plans.
- OneDrive - As mentioned before, OneDrive is the Microsoft storage system. A base level comes automatically with any Windows 10 operating system, and there’s a free tier for everyone as well. OneDrive is pretty popular as the costs of upgrading it are pretty reasonable. In addition, it comes with people who have a Microsoft Office subscription.
- Google Drive - Google certainly seems like they are trying to rule the world of technology. They seem to have an offering for every possible aspect of software or technology. Google Drive is a good system with ample storage and links in well for people using other Google products.
- iCloud - While Apple does tend to price most of their products too high, iCloud seems like an exception. It’s reasonably priced and very reliable. It works seamlessly with people who prefer Apple products.