In my continuing look at the cloud we turn to it’s impact on USB flash Drives.
Technology has developed at the speed of light over the last few years. What was once cutting edge technology is now outdated. However one piece of equipment that has stayed at the forefront of the computer world is USB flash drives.
Compact, portable and inherently useful, flash drives make transporting pieces of information simple, quick and easy. And Data Memory Systems, a leading supplier of computer memory in the US, has celebrated the tried and trusted devices, despite them facing stiff competition from other means of data storage, such as The Cloud and file-sharing platforms.
A Very Popular Cloud
The increasing popularity of The Cloud, Microsoft’s OneDrive and other file-sharing platforms such as Dropbox have changed the way people save and store files. Allowing both individuals and businesses to upload documents, files and work to the internet and access them from elsewhere, they have proven to be incredibly useful.
There are some concerns here with only storing your files in the cloud. Although internet is accessible in more places than ever before, it is not always available – or reliable. This can cause problems should files need to be accessed there and then. One way to avoid this problem is to sync your important files which I talked about in my previous post.
The costs associated with online storage can also be a concern to some. Many services do offer up their services for free, but this is dependent on staying within the storage limits. This is generally okay if used by an individual, but for businesses – or even those who have a lot of files to store – a couple of Gigabytes is simply not enough. Upgrading storage can be quite costly overtime as they are usually paid for on a monthly basis.
Security is another cause for concern for many. As the technology is still relatively new, cyber security is still catching up. And although every precaution is taken to ensure files are kept safe, there is always the threat that breaches can happen.
Not So Fast
Flash drives are often still the best way of storing and transporting data. They have come a long way in recent years and can now store large amounts of data at the touch of a button.
So there you go. Flash drives – today – are still in many ways the best way to go, however during the next several years they will only continue to decline in importance as cloud storage providers continue to improve their service.
Now if I could only find that USB Flash drive with all those Star Trek episodes I had….