Head Out Of The Clouds: Why Local Storage Matters - HotHardware

Head Out Of The Clouds: Why Local Storage Matters

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Smartphones, tablets and computers are constantly consuming and creating more and more content. And with that comes massive amounts of data consumption. The amount of sharing that takes place on today's smartphones and tablets is astounding, and every instance of that requires data -- and storage. Lately, it seems as if companies are dealing with these new realities by leaning heavily on the cloud. But trusting your precious data solely to the cloud can be a risky bet.

Looking specifically at the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the new iPad and pretty much every flagship mobile device that has shipped in the last six months, one thing that we expected was more local storage. After all, 64GB has been the top end storage option for most devices these last few years. Surely Apple would increase the internal storage after two full years, right? Wrong. And Apple isn't alone. Flagship phones from HTC, LG, Samsung and others are all stopping at 64GB yet again. Is more storage space necessary for most people? Of course not, and you may argue that keeping any more than 64GB worth of data on your mobile device isn't wise -- after all, what if you lose it? But to me, that's beside the point. Cloud storage needs to grow with mobile/local storage. If there's a 64GB device, there should be an accompanying service that provides 64GB of cloud backup to provide the best of both worlds: lots of storage on-hand, and the ability to rest easy that everything is backed up remotely.

Files are growing larger, not smaller. Increasing screen resolutions are encouraging us to load full HD movies onto our phones. Increasingly large e-mail inboxes are taking up more room. Higher quality MP3 collections are bulging. And when you look at the general trend in SSDs and HDDs, you see that capacity is still important. No hard drive maker comes out with a new storage device that's smaller than the one the company shipped a year ago. So if the HDD and SSD world understands that bigger is better when it comes to storage, why hasn't the mobile world grasped the concept?
I'm starting to believe that we have "the cloud" to blame. Storing files in offsite locations, accessible via the Internet, is becoming increasingly more common. But only in the past couple of years has the cloud truly taken the mainstream by storm. It has been pitched as a savior to storage. It seems limitless, and ubiquitous. Just store a song or file in the cloud, and access it from anywhere. If it's so easy, why even bother with internal storage? Why would you tie files locally to a single device when you could simply access it in the cloud?  I have a few thoughts on that as well.

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I cannot agree more. It is the same mindset that had me reformat my CR-48 and install a real Linux OS instead of ChromeOS.

Not *everything* works best in a cloud-centric world. Not everyone is connected all the time and not every task works best with remote storage (I probably try a hundred things before doing a git push - developers would be crazy to write everything in a non-local environment at this point in time).

Cloud apps put a layer between you and the data: I don't want access to a file via someone's streaming app. I want to be able to access the bytes locally and change them as I see fit.

Maybe, in another 10 years, the tech will make our objections irrelevant.

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I'm fine with the cloud being there as a secondary point of storage, but to rely on it as a primary point is just asking for trouble.

All of those people using the web to access their gmail or other cloud email storage services are simply asking for trouble when, for whatever reason, they aren't in a service area or their connection flakes out for whatever reason.

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Glad you guys can identify. It occurred to us that there's a building risk here for folks just buzzing long happily with their data synched over the Cloud and trusting it there. It's good for convenience, bad for practicality.

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Dave_HH:
It's good for convenience, bad for practicality

Especially with the costs associated with local storage going down all of the time. It's pretty inexpensive to buy large SATA-III and stack them in an NAS box or external enclosures.

The cloud has no draw for me.

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If you have a look at DVD Infinity's facebook page on August 13 , 2012 There is an interesting article on DVD Infinity's facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/DVDInfinity. It explores the growing risks of Cloud usage for storage of irreplaceable memories.

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