This is a Guest Post by Harrisson Dawson

The dependence on space limits is no longer accepted in our era of technology. Now you can take your whole personal life with you wherever you are in the world. The only requirement is a Wi-Fi device and a strong internet connection. And that’s it!

This life shortcut has come into being thanks to the cloud solutions. This type of service is basically a net of servers that host the resources. The users of these servers can edit the files while being in the storage and upload them on other platforms. The best part is that the files once uploaded are synced in real life with the devices where the cloud is installed. Basically, your assets can be hosted by any device as long as you don’t forget the credentials.

However, the end outcome of the cloud solutions is similar from one person to another, but what is different is the goal that these solutions should achieve. Every person has different personal needs that only some of the cloud platforms can fulfill. So, before stepping into the future to upload your files to the cloud, you should select the proper cloud solution for personal use. The following are some guidelines on which to base your decisions. Let the research begin!

Identify Your Needs

Before taking a look at the range of products, you should take a look at your personal needs. Your hobbies and personal daily routine will actually be the ones that will dictate the shape of your cloud software.

There is a big difference between a collection of your favorite recipes and a collection of photos. The bandwidth offered by the cloud will be a decision point in your selection. Is the bandwidth large enough to host your media files or would it be a waste of space for how much your recipes actually need?

All of the cloud services present the option to edit the files within their storage, but few actually allow the users to edit media files in real time. There are cloud storages designed for media files while others focus more on hosting and organizing folders, documents, sheets, and presentation files.

Identify The Types of Cloud Storage

There are actually three types of cloud software that provide efficiency for certain groups of personal interests.

  • Online cloud: or the public cloud is the model that offers online data storage to its users through a service provider. The hosting room is a virtual ecosystem where the assets are uploaded. This ecosystem can be accessed via Internet only. The data is actually hosted on the same infrastructure shared by all users, but they become private through individual profiles. The data can be shared if the users want by giving access to their folders to other users of the cloud. Some examples of such type of cloud are DropBox, Basefolder, Google Drive or Box.
  • NAS device cloud: This means a network-attached storage. It can host only file-based data that can be accessed anywhere and anytime. NAS works as a remote storage that is accessed via the Internet as if it was local. It works best when backups or archiving are needed. The disadvantage is that the uploading speed is equal to the speed of the network connection. Such services are offered by software like MyCloud, CloudBox or Central by Seagate.
  • Server Device Cloud: this type of cloud works like any online cloud plus the addition of a feature of control for the users. The files can be managed solely by their creators, and the security is more enforced here. Examples of server device clouds are ownCloud, CloudLocker and Nimbus.

Select the type of cloud that best suits your needs and move on to the next step. Don’t forget that any type of cloud storage you choose, you need to implement a good security system to protect your data in clouds.

Consider File Size Restrictions

It is an ugly feeling to try storing your latest novel chapter or nature photo shooting just to find out that you have run out of space. It is also an unpleasant situation to overpay or use a service that offers too much space for your needs.

So, it is a great idea to take a look at the space a cloud service offers. For example, OneDrive has a 10GB limit, while Dropbox is limitless through its applications. Google Drive offers a 5TB space for all its users. However, Box has a restriction of 250 MB that can be extended to 5GB once the paid personal plan is activated.

Take an Interest in Their Customer Care Support

The cloud storage is always predisposed to malfunctioning, as it happens with any other product. So, a quality customer care support is needed for you to be guided through the options of your cloud storage and appeal to whenever you encounter issues with the product.

Thus, base your decision also on the customer care offers that the cloud storage has for you. Amazon excels at customer services as always, by offering the Amazon Cloud Drive users free 24/7 support through telephone, e-mail, and chat.

In conclusion, selecting the proper cloud solution for personal use is a complex job. However, once you analyze these four aspects in detail, you will come to the right decision more quickly.

That’s it, these were few tips on how you can choose proper cloud solution for your personal use. If you have any other pro tip/s in mind then please do share it with us via comment section below OR if you have any queries then feel free to ask it via comment section below.

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This Guest Post is Submitted By: Harrisson Dawson

Harrisson Dawson (Twitter) Although cloud-based solutions are mandatory for every respectful business, there isn’t a specific set of rules entrepreneurs should follow. Harrisson Dawson specializes in everything cloud-computing related and wants to share his knowledge in order to help business owners make the right moves.

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