Box.net, Dropbox.Com, SugarSync.Com, are just three of the bigger names in online storage / backup that haveÂ persuadedÂ me to sign up. Â But the market has been swamped by start up companies mainly using Amazon storage as their backbone. Â They all come with different offerings and people quite rightly sign up with the company (or companies) who best fit their needs.
I’ve blogged before about the use of these services within a UK based education establishment. That post probably needs updating, but please remember to check with your senior information risk officer before utilising them for any school data!
Today, MicrosoftÂ announcedÂ a change to it’s skydrive service. Â There are new windows phone, and iOS apps to play with. Better intregration to office and windows. Â HTML5 support and an API so that thrid party applications can utilise the service. Â All good stuff.
It surprises me therefore that Microsoft has also announce it is to reduce the size of SkyDrive from 25GB’s to just 7GB’s. Â More space is available, but at a cost. This seems especially odd this week, as Google is expected to launch GoogleDrive.
However if you act quickly, you can reclaim your full 25GB’s by logging into Skydrive, and clicking the banner.
It surprises me that Microsoft suggest people need less storage space, rather than more. Â My shared drive here at school has recently tipped over 80% of the space I allocated a couple of years ago. Â Something I’m going to have to deal with very soon.
I am quiteÂ excitedÂ about google drive, and although all the rumours suggest otherwise, I hope they will come to the market with a service which blows all the others out of the water. Â Let’s say 50GB’s with the apps to sync your pc, phone, mac, tablet. Dare I say 100GB’s? Â I’m looking forward to finding out what google drive will offer my school on our Google Apps for Edu account too.
â€” IrritableTech (@IrritableTech) April 24, 2012