Data Grows, and So Do Storage Sites
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 06/06/2011 16:09
When people had only one or two computers, file sharing wasn't a big worry.
Now, gaining access to personal files is a chore for people who own an arsenal of computers, smartphones and tablets.
The annoyance of e-mailing documents to themselves or saving their work to a thumb drive has given new life to an old idea -- online storage. People simply save their Word documents, spreadsheets and photos in "the cloud," a Web-based file cabinet accessible from any device that has an Internet connection.
A number of companies focused on online storage are quickly gaining users and attention. New investment is driving a boomlet in the niche business, adding to an already lengthy list of competitors: Dropbox, YouSendIt.com, Cx.com, Box.net, 4Shared and SpiderOak. Apple may do something similar with its iCloud service, to be introduced on Monday.