Flash Drive vs. Data Cloud

data cloudCloud computing this, data storage that…It is hard to miss the ever-increasing buzz about cloud computing, and data storage infrastructure. Thanks to Google, DropBox, iDrive, Amazon, Microsoft and other cloud services, just about anyone can take advantage of this amazing tool. In case you have been living under a rock, the idea behind cloud data storage is allowing users to store data remotely so that it can be accessed from any device anywhere at anytime (as long as you can connect to the internet). Pretty sweet, huh? For many users, this tool is invaluable. So, on a blog all about how awesome USB drives are and how useful they are to businesses, why in the world would I bring up this seemingly superior alternative? While cloud computing seems too good to be true (I assure you it’s true) there are a few downsides to keep in mind if you are planning to make the switch. It can be unsettling to expose your data where others could harvest, analyze and even borrow the data you worked to hard to gather-that’s right- in Google’s Terms of Use, it states that when you upload or otherwise submit content, you are giving Google the license to use, host, reproduce, modify, publish, and display that content. That makes sense, but maybe not for your business. Another downside it data availability-hold up- isn’t that the whole point of this whole cloud thing? We enjoy the irony too, but since all Cloud data is accessed over the Internet, you are at the mercy of your service provider to access your information. Let’s get to the point, while the Cloud is awesome (I used it in college-A LOT) a USB flash drive offers dependable data storage that fits in your pocket. What I have always learned when saving and transporting documents: save it at least 3 places, (email, cloud, file) AND on a flash drive. That way, if one or 3 of those fail- check your back pocket.

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