Posts tagged ‘online storage’
If you are considering a cloud storage solution for your home use, there are a variety of resources for you to peruse to make the most informed decision. We keep a list of the consumer focused offerings in our directory of cloud storage services for individuals, but some other sites have more comprehensive reviews.
One that seems like a useful cheat sheet is OnlineStorage.org. This site has a number of useful links and reviews of seven major cloud storage players in the consumer space. The detailed review of each offering provides the pros and cons of the various options. Check out a sample: online storage review for ElephantDrive.
In response to our recent post regarding Carbonite’s lawsuit against its hardware vendor, we received a comment from Carbonite’s CEO David Friend. The entire comment has been approved and published, but we wanted to make sure that his key points were recognized with a full posting, as opposed to just showing up in the comments of the original.
Key Point 1: Friend notes that the incident happened over a year ago and is “not an ongoing problem.”
Key Point 2: Friend asserts that while approximately 7,500 users were originally affected by the problems, only 54 users actually lost data (and most did not lose all of their data).
Key Point 3: Friend asserts that Carbonite has change its practices and its vendors to increase the reliability of its systems such that, according to the CEO, the chances of failure “are almost nil.”
It seems like a positive indication that Carbonite’s CEO is addressing this issue head on. The questions that remain are: 1) who is ultimately responsible for the problems that occurred, 2) is the new design Carbonite is using sufficiently reliable, and 3) how will this issue affect cloud storage providers and consumers?
After two months of transition, the Xdrive service has officially closed. If you have any doubt, check out their site which simply says “Xdrive is closed”. Fortunately, the AOL team that decided to “sunset” the Xdrive product (along with AOL Pictures and the still nascent BlueString media management platform) gave the user base plenty of notice — they originally leaked the news in July of last year and then made the official announcement back in early November.
In spite of all that warning, it seems safe to assume that thousands of users will only realize that their data is toast now, when it is too late to retrieve the files.
Our last post highlight a detailed set of user provided review for a handful of leading online storage service – we were impressed with the depth of the examination. Today we found another very useful resource. The ultimate review/list of online storage services has been posted at the blog ToMuse. The posting is aimed at capturing the free services, but details both free and paid solutions.
In addition to delivering a summary overview of each offering, the blogger has prepared a comprehensive matrix of all the services (note updated link) by category. The grid details all the relevant limitations and features, as well as helpful distinctions such as support type (email, phone, and/or live chat). This blogger deserves a medal – regardless of whether accolades are bestowed, he will certainly get a bump in traffic as the post is a valuable resource for anyone considering adding an online storage solution (or any writer considering an article on the space).
HP launched it’s online backup and storage solution Upline earlier this month to some fanfare and significant press coverage – it didn’t take long for it to reveal itself as simply not ready for prime time. TechCrunch got the scoop again and reported on the Upline failures.
Upline was the repackaging of the Titanize service, created by Opelin. The repackaging was great – the interface is slick looking and the demo sure seemed cool. That said, HP will have some explaining to do as to why it chose the Opelin technology (it was quietly acquired last year), as it appears to have failed under the first sign of load. Not the most reassuring debut…
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Channel Web ran a story today that went over the recently unveiled SkyDrive from Microsoft. The article was a little harsh, highlighting the problems SkyDrive would present for any enterprise or small business, and including this relatively damning quote:
“After extensive review, not only does the CRN Test Center not recommend SkyDrive, but it would also be advisable for VARs to suggest their clients block its access through content filters.”
Tough, but based on the security/compliance questions, perhaps accurate. This sort of logic flies in the face of the “everything will be free” movement, but might identify a real need in the market…