I have been answering a lot of questions on LinkedIn
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:
- Amazon EC2 machine images in Amazon S3
- Server data, logs and files in Amazon S3
- Personal workstation back ups in Amazon S3
- Images on Picasa, Flickr, and Zip up originals and upload to Amazon S3
- Documents (Word, PDF, Spreadsheets) in Google Docs (FREE and Google App)
I overwhelmingly use Amazon S3. I get my data there using 3 different methods:
- Jungle Disk Backups and Mapped Network Drives
- Firefox S3 Fox Add-On
- Cross FTP Client
Jungle disk does most of the heavy lifting. With most of my individual interactions using a mapped drive with Jungle Disk
and S3 Fox
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
- 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.
has overwhelmingly won over my continued business.