Originally Posted by phill1978
but the fact you need 4 x boxes to contain your stuff is telling that you don't pay anything for cloud storage so your amounts must be less as typically the business model is to sell you their storage for more money. Over time it has to be cheaper for them to make from you than it is for them to buy the hardware instead of you.. so forgetting your example of what you do a typical storage provider will charge $5 - $10 -$ 20 + etc.. a month for a whole lifetime (insert 30 - 40 years of payments here) of storage which you quite possibly wont need.. thats more than a few HDD's and a sync to family HDD on another site for resiliency?
Furthermore is your data safe from prying eyes? like hell it is. The whole point from a consumer perspective is to look at a picture or listen to some music on a phone / ipad etc.. remotely but why not just put that on some local storage like an SD card and plug your device in on a night or sync via wifi to the device at home? unless your doing a big sharing of your home(read cloud) files to everyone then the like-hood of needing different files to that have been sync'd on your home network vs the cloud on a daily basis is very slim. Even if your desperate to share an image / file there are many apps that can do this, one of which is facebook/skype/email/SMS/ etc..
Its like Google music, you don't actually listen to your own data-music when you play it, its a version of that song, their version.
Privacy is a valid point...nothing i have upload is private enough for me to care if someone looks at it. Thats a matter of preference. "You" trust your ISP not to read your traffic or connect into your computer too.
The whole point of cloud storage is not having files on multiple devices, thats a small part of it. You have 2 people in this thread so far using it as backup.
Your point about storage space locally vs cost and size of cloud isnt valid either. As HDD's grow in size due to the demand for storing larger files, so will the amount of storage for cloud computing and the price per/GB will drop with that. So what someone gets now for $10/month will be 10x larger for the same price in a few years. Your HDD's do NOT grow in space over time requiring further investment in larger HDD's.
As for syncing...have you ever tried to maintain a documents version across 2 computer? Its a nightmare. You either have to use portable media or make sure that every little change you make on one device is saved and transported manually to another. You also have to know ahead of time you need to take it with you. Its much easier to start a file on my computer or whatever device and have access to that exact same file from any device anywhere without any extra effort on my part to sync them. Especially if i dont expect to need it.
As for what i backup, its basically documents and pictures, totaling about 15GB's. Box is 50GB free, skydrive was 25GB free when i got it, dropbox is idk like 20GB or something after getting others to sign up and such and my google drive is standard size and pictures goto picasa now G+. I dont have a need to backup anything else file wise remotely. Any music/videos i have i can get again, i keep those locally backed up.
Cloud storage circumvents alot of the problems that can occur when backing up yourself. Drive failure, fire/water dmg, storing offsite,access.