Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

When it comes to cloud storage I often ask myself which one is the best for your day to day working environment? The truth is they all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

As many of you know I work in a public school setting and we are always looking for ways to better serve the students and staff while still maintaining a balance of reliable technology for everyone.

I look at my own cloud storage and find that I am using four main ones. Google Drive for all my school-based work, Onedrive for all of my company work, iCloud for most of my personal work and then DropBox just because I have had it the longest and I still have a lot of my work on their servers. So how do you pick just one?

I have been struggling with this for some time and I think I have found the true direction to guide people in. Use whatever ego system you are working with the most. If you are a 100% Microsoft shop and work in the Office products all of the time then you would use Onedrive. This will allow you to work on files on your computer and then on the road jump into Office 365 and pick up where you left off. If you use Google Apps all the time then use Google Drive. If you are using a Mac most of the time I would suggest iCloud and also suggest buying more storage from Apple. If you use many different apps and don’t relay of web-based apps then I would suggest DropBox or Box. The real trick is to work within the ego system you choose.

At the end of the day, all of the companies out there providing cloud-based storage are very good at what they do. Your work will be safe and sound no matter where you keep it. I would however always suggest using some form of backup. I dump my files onto an external drive for safe keeping. In today’s world, nothing is beyond hacking.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Drop me a comment and let me know what if any cloud-based storage you may be using?

Cloud Based Storage

If you are not using cloud based storage then you are falling into the past with the phone on the wall and the black and white TV.  We still have people at work that carry their flash, thumb drives and still want to use them on the computers. We no longer allow the use of these drive with our computers. If you do, remember they can carry viruses into your network.

So what is Cloud Based Storage? It is a flash drive or thumb drive online for you to access from anywhere and from and device that you may have. Think about that a lone, you can not put a flash drive into an IPad or IPhone but with online storage you can access it from any of these devices.

The three that I recommend is Google Drive, Drop Box and Sky Drive from Microsoft. I have any run all three on all of my systems. Each company will normally give you up to two gigs for free. You can always buy more if you need it? I have never paid for any extra storage.

I would suggest to pick one and start using it. Once you get the hang of one they all work about the same way. The main thing for you is to pitch your flash drives and get into the cloud!

Cloud Storage

Photo Backups

I get asked this question at least a hundred times a day. What is the best way to backup my pictures? My response is best way to backup pictures is the way that you select. Let me clarify this a little; as long as you are backing up in some way it is better then not backing up at all.

I am very over protective of my pictures and other data that I am creating on my computers. Being in the field for so many years now I have found that hard drives even as good as they are can break down. I never want to chance all of my kids memories to one internal hard drive.

Never wanting to push anyone to any one backup solution I will give you my work flow and you can be the judge on how you want to backup your memories.

First I store all of my work on the local computers internal hard drive. Next every night I have my pictures and documents copy from my main drive to a 2 TB external drive, I also have a 3 TB external drive that runs Time Machine backups which is a Apple product, if you have a Mac turn this on. Time Machine may run several times a day; as you work on files it keeps taking the changes and coping them to the external drive. The last part of my backup plan is my online solution. Every night my pictures and documents are uploaded to a secure storage site on the Internet. I always say if you come home and your house is no longer standing most likely your backups on your desk on gone also. Look at the online solutions.

I hope you will begin backing up today. Because bad things can always happen to good people and a computer can take a dive anytime.