Computer files and storage have come a long way from the days of the old floppy disk to even the times of using a CD-rewritable. Whether it’s a high-tech enterprise or a small business, companies are turning to online file storage.
Floppy disks are now obsolete in the world of computers. CDs are becoming a thing of the past. Heck, even Apple and Google have launched computers without any hard drives. What is in store for the future of computer storage? A research study by geneticist Dr. George Church concluded that DNA material would be able to store computer data.
Although it may sound like science fiction, concepts like these are certainly the wave of the future, even if we are a couple of decades away from it. Until then, however, the trend of data storage is heading to the cloud.
Digital Journal reported earlier this month that the cloud storage market is projected to be worth $1.3 billion by the year 2017 – the present market consists of approximately 623 million subscribers across the globe. Indeed, it’s a vast market and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of third party hosting companies, such as ShareFile, YouSendIt and Box, that are itching to be the next innovators in the world of online storage.
SmartFile, an Indianapolis-based digital asset management firm, is working hard to become the leader of the online file market. Working with companies in more than 50 companies, such as Yahoo!, General Mills, EA Sports and Roche Diagnostics, SmartFile has provided an easy-to-use web surface for online file sharing, data uploads, file delivery and FTP hosting.
It offers its services to pretty much any company, whether they’re in web design, medicine, law or even software, which seeks to upload their files to a secure venue that people can connect and share folders.
The cloud storage market is indeed a complex one, especially as each company offers its clientele different features and functions. One of the features that SmartFile offers is an unlimited number of users, which means there is no cap on how many accounts a company can have on its file sharing server.
Another unlimited function is the feature that permits account holders to connect their account with other file storage users. There are also different file sharing user access controls: administrator, manager and user.
Similar to its competitors, the prices vary from the amount of storage to API access to assistance. It ranges from Starter to Enterprise and the prices are in between $10 per month to $100 per month (enterprises are required to call ahead).
Online technology may seem intimidating to novice users (perhaps even intermediate consumers), but various Internet firms try to make their products and services as simple as possible. SmartFile, which is co-founded by John Hurley and Ben Timby, suggests that accessing files is faster and more secure and there are different techniques to reach the data that are more effective than its cloud competitors.
Indeed, cloud storage has become the latest technological trend for businesses and individuals. Until a micro-SD card has a storage equivalent to three times that of the brain capacity of the entire human race or or chips that can write data at up to 327 megabytes per second, we will just have to settle with our data storage in a cloud.