Storage as a Way of Life Part 2 – 3 Storage Scenarios
OK. Here we go. Three scenarios. Hopefully one or more resembles your situation.
I have a smartphone. It has built-in storage, removable internal storage, and access via Wi-Fi or mobile wireless to one or more storage providers. I take pictures and save them, download music (keep the song data on my phone), and download apps on a regular basis. But the amount of available storage on the phone is limited and I need to back-up my “stuff” in case the phone is lost or stolen. So I use one or more of the services readily available to me on the phone itself – vendor provided and also third-party provided. I have already discovered that duplicating stuff at home or at work or manually backing it up is not thorough, is time consuming, and also risky.
I have a smartphone and a tablet. I do some of the same activities on both like email and connecting to favorite websites daily. I find it really handy to be able to keep important stuff on both devices and have discovered that synchronizing that data can be complicated and time consuming as well. And there are Internet services which already provide synchronization of my activities across multiple devices. So a use both phone and tablet as data generating devices, but then depend upon synchronization (from an off-site, remote service) to make the critical items available to me whenever I need them and on whatever device I happen to be using at the time.
I have a number of different computing devices (desktops, a laptop, an Ultrabook, and smartphone) that I use to do a variety of different things, each with its own purpose – much like tools in a toolkit. In most cases, the work (or more casual activity) involves dependency on the Internet or access to a remote location for success. Google currently provides this kind of resource and is valuable to me because it device and operating system agnostic. But this post isn’t a plug for Google; it’s just to emphasize the value of the platform.
The common denominator between these three scenarios is data storage, either on the device, nearby, or in the cloud. And the most significant feature is that more and more, these storage resources are becoming easier to use and more transparent to me. The “folders” on my devices are co-located (and synchronized) on multiple devices and saved (or retrieved) information is uploaded or downloaded without me deliberately doing it.
The benefit is that I don’t really have to understand very much of the data movement process.
Next: Part 3- Potential Problems