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Cloud storage opportunities for consumers are increasing rapidly. Those looking to store photos, music libraries and other personal data online have a number of choices, including both free and fee-based services. Large-capacity free e-mail services such as Gmail have become personal storage vaults for some users. However, storing data on an e-mail account probably isn't a shrewd move for anyone who has security in mind, said Terrance Bush, spokesperson for Chicago-based FastServers.Net.
Good Morning Jim Offner,
First, thanks for the great post. I wanted to refer to another Saas-model document storage and collab tool. It is called DocLanding, http://www.doclanding.com. I has some really cool security and annotation tools. If you want to check it, they are offering free accounts.
Keep up the great posts,
.....on the one hand you talk about it being a bad idea to use Mail as a storage account and then on the other hand you talk about storage clouds being unavailable or going away.
I don't see a huge difference in backing up to mail or backing up to a cloud. It's all storage. It all depends how it is implemented. I am currently using Amazon S3 as it provides cheap reliable storage (and you did not mention S3 at all). It does concern me that all my data is one cloud so after a little bit of due diligance I found a service called SMEStorage.com that allows me to use my own Amazon account on their platform *and* allows me to backup all my Amazon files to a Google mail account.
Now this is perfect for me. I have a cloud backup as it were. Now what is amazing about storing files on Gmail through this service is that when you use the platform you would never know that the files were stored on GMail. You can access them via file explorer on the web, and they are integrated with a variety of web 2.0 channels, or you can access them through your iPhone, or Firefox or a Windows File Manager, or through plug-ins to MS Office or Open Office - in fact you never even need to touch Gmail, especially if you setup a GMail account purely for backup purposes rather than email like I have done.
In my view all pretty amazing and well worthwhile and something anyone who had cloud storage should do in my view.