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show user profile  donvella
Whats everyone using? Thoughts, comparisons?

Im using Bitcasa atm, unlimited storage for $100 a year or free for 10gb. I tried the 10gb for a week so i upgraded to unlimited. Have to say im very impressed - I uploaded 300gb in 2 days and now everything I need for work/home is stored online. Its a little buggy when it comes to sending more then 100gb at a time but i got it all working no problem. Wondering what else is out there at the moment, benefits to using that system - be it security, speed, ease of use, storage space etc?

I was a big fan of dropbox but things seem to be changing at a rapid rate. I was looking at SpiderOak but they only give you 100gb for $10 a month.

edit; if your wondering about the bugs when it comes to uploading, it was because it 'caches' the information locally as it uploads in the background. So if you fill the cache you need to wait until thats passed before you add more. I also like the fact it 'streams' all your data from the server (fast), which means you can store basically Exabytes without using local storage space.

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7/5/2013 6:27:16 AM (last edit: 7/5/2013 6:30:09 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
clouds are evil, i use my persona domain based vpn

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7/8/2013 3:12:37 AM (last edit: 7/8/2013 3:12:37 AM)
show user profile  donvella
so you just remote into your home pc?

What about off-site storage? incase of fire etc

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7/8/2013 3:35:08 AM (last edit: 7/8/2013 3:35:08 AM)
show user profile  npcph
i always worry about security on these kind of sites. If someone hacks them, all of your documents can be exposed. Most people just doing videos and pictures would be fine, but any private or confidential information would make me nervous.

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7/8/2013 10:00:13 PM (last edit: 7/8/2013 10:00:13 PM)
show user profile  donvella
You make a good point about security. However I dont have many enemies and I dont have anything with a current NDA so it doesnt particularly bother me if people have access to the info (although the site says the info is all encrypted).

Just wondering how other people are tackling offsite storage. IMO In our industry its more important then ever to have an un-burnable/floodable current version data available internationally (or country wide if your not a big traveller). Im happy to pay a small fee - but if I could do it free even better.

Can you explain more about this persona domain based vpn? Is it just your home pc with a remote connection or do you keep your data on an onilne server?

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7/9/2013 1:02:23 AM (last edit: 7/9/2013 1:02:23 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Its a windows server with active directory, dns and vpn roles. Basically it allows me to connect to my home lan from anywhere else (as far as windows is concerned im stll at home) while the AD takes care of security and user management. Without AD there is no way for windows machines to specify user related access privileges, this is needed for me since im never alone in the network (clients, employees, friends, family) and i work off multiple computers. The TLD only comes in because i also run a mail server (otherwise you can just as well connect to an ip). In case of a fire.. i don't think this building is capable of catching fire :p The storage nodes all have their internal redundancies and the AD is backed up in case of hardware failure. If there is a nuclear strike i think i'm going to have bigger problems.

Technically speaking it also allows its offsite users to share the network, effectively bridging multiple sites making it... a cloud, oh no!

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7/9/2013 1:43:20 AM (last edit: 7/9/2013 1:52:01 AM)
show user profile  donvella
so technically - if a meteorite hit your building you lose all your files?

The way I look at the cloud is multiple storage locations for your files - not 1 large network which enables users to connect to and from - correct me if im wrong.

What is TLD?

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7/9/2013 2:02:23 AM (last edit: 7/9/2013 2:02:23 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
top level domain as in .com or .net as opposed to .local which is what the network internally communicates by, i need a domain name so people can send me cat videos.

And yes a meteorite would probably do it. I could of course seamlessly back up the data in another location but right now its more expensive then it would be worth.

Of course in a commercial cloud, bits and pieces of your stuff would be all over the globe making it impossible for a garden variety natural disaster to destroy all your stuff. I still think clouds are evil though because:
a) they are a big target
b) take no responsibility in case they lose or otherwise mishandle your stuff
c) they got access to all your stuff
d) you only got access to your stuff because they let you, in essence they could ransom your stuff if they wanted to
e) their service is susceptible to things like weather, politics, economy, mood of a disgruntled employee and whatnot
f) browing my porn folder would be really tedious

against all that i find much comfort in the lonely computer rack surrounded by concrete and em shielding in my water proofed basement :)

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7/9/2013 2:35:44 AM (last edit: 7/9/2013 2:40:41 AM)
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