Cloud Storage: Never lose your pictures, contacts, and Whatsapp Videos Again.
Technology as we know it is one of the most revolutionary things to happen to humankind since evolution. We shall only cover cloud storage, a subset that is vital in this 4th Industrial Revolution; whose theme is Data.
From North America’s Silicon Valley to Kenya’s Silicon Savannah, to Dar es Salaam’s Silicon Dar to China’s Shenzhen, we can guarantee you that the data topic is on the lips of startups, small businesses, investors among others.
One of the issues that our African continent faces is theft, you lower your car window and a ‘Samaritan’ possesses your phone indefinitely, you don’t lock your apartment door and an unwelcomed visitor will help him/herself to your tablet; you return home late after a busy day of hard work and fellow pedestrians will threaten to take your life if you don’t give them your laptop; you purchase a hard drive to store your sensitive information and a few months into using it, all of a sudden it crashes.
You run to computer technicians, day in and out, and their answer is a resounding no can do to fixing your hard drive. It just feels like you can’t catch a break and no viable solution exist to help you out.
But what if there was more than one solution?
Cloud computing is the ideal solution that you can be assured to have your back when it comes to secure data storage. We are saying this from experience, a past of losing devices unexpectedly and accidentally (like when you forget your phone at Makumbusho Bus Stand as you hustle to board a Daladala to Yombo Vituka).
Cloud which shouldn’t be confused with clouds that bring down rain after a long session of heat and dusty roads in Dar es Salaam, refers to a service model in which data is maintained, managed, backed up remotely and made available to users over a network (typically the Internet).
When we say that your information is on the cloud, it means that as long as you have an internet connection and your details at hand, then you can access your information through any capable device in the world.
A couple of solutions exist for you to store information, most of them utilize the freemium business model, which means you are given free space to use up to a certain limit and can upgrade at any time for more storage. Our list is not in an organized order, as they all offer one solution, data storage.
i) Google Drive.
This platform from Google is provided by default to all Gmail Owners. You receive 15 GB of free space to store anything you want. By anything, we mean anything; movies, videos, audios, books, etc. You will never receive a notification saying we want to review your content before storage. Store all that you can and access it from any device that you login into.
Drive comes with Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Drawings, Google My Maps, Google Sites, DocuSign, and Google Jamboard.
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It became popular after its viral growth strategy helped it gain thousands of users in a short period of time. Having copied its strategy from Paypal that offered money, Dropbox offered free space of storage to inviting and invited users, this double beneficial effect prompted users to invite more users hence its growth.
It offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software to its clients. Dropbox Basic users are given two gigabytes of free storage space. Dropbox Plus users are given one terabyte of storage space, as well as additional features, including advanced sharing controls, remote wipe, and an optional Extended Version History add-on.
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It is a solution from Microsoft which is similar to Dropbox, since it also offers file synchronization and cloud storage. If you run Windows OS, you will see it as one of the programs in your computer. It is easily recognizable through its blue cloud icon. OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge, with 50 GB, 1 TB, and 5 TB storage options available either separately or with Office 365 subscriptions.
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iCloud enables users to store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers for download to iOS, macOS or Windows devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices if lost or stolen.
iCloud also provides the means to wirelessly back up iOS devices directly to iCloud, instead of being reliant on manual backups to a host Mac or Windows computer using iTunes. Service users are also able to share photos, music, and games instantly by linking accounts via AirDrop wireless.
Similar to OneDrive, you will get free 5 GB space with options to upgrade to premium plans.
There are other solutions that exist and you can obtain them by just googling, but we mentioned the giants because they have a higher assurance of being here in future years to come.
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