Data Storage in the Clouds

I have been answering a lot of questions on LinkedIn and Quora lately about where the best place to store data in the clouds. There are a lot of answers to this question.

Cloud storage comes in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Business class, personal usage, storage APIs and much more.

I store my: I overwhelmingly use Amazon S3. I get my data there using 3 different methods: Jungle disk does most of the heavy lifting. With most of my individual interactions using a mapped drive with Jungle Disk and S3 Fox in Firefox.

I don't feel Amazon S3 is best storage solution for every person or business. I choose it primarily because it allows me to store data:
  • From Automated Back Ups
  • Manually
  • Programmatically in Web Applications
Most importantly because I have control over my data. I've been up there over over 2 years now. I've never lost any data. I pay a low price and I know I own my data.

It won't disappear when the start-up goes out of business or is acquired.

I keep my business files, taxes, music, photos, videos and much more up there. My data is important, and I will pay to keep it organized in one place in clouds.

Amazon S3 has overwhelmingly won over my continued business.