Dropbox’s latest idea could change the way you think about cloud storage
Storing files only in the cloud to not fill up hard drive space is a good idea, however it is not new. It simply means they stop bi-directional synchronization and offer downloads on-demand. Solutions like Teamplace or Cortado Corporate Server offer this for a long time. Also, if you use Dropbox on a smartphone it works the same way as the phone does not have such a big storage. So, I wonder what is new.
The disadvantage of storing data only in the cloud is that you don’t have them available when you are offline (unless you’ve thought about downloading them before you went offline). So, if Dropbox has found a way to make it seem like the document is offline (maybe through caching) and you can edit it but in reality it is online, then it would be a breakthrough! But I’m not sure if I could read that in between the lines of the article below. What do you think? Are you working with cloud storage solutions at the moment? Which one and what do you think? What are there limitations and what is your wish list? Please share your feedback in the comments below. Thank you.
One of the problems with Dropbox and indeed all cloud storage is the way they have implemented how you view your cloud storage on your local drive. If you want to access your cloud file system in your local file management tool, you literally need to have it stored on your drive, which really defeats the idea of having cloud storage in the first place — especially on devices with smaller hard drives.
Alternatively, you could open Dropbox.com and navigate to your files in a separate interface, an approach just about everyone dislikes.
Dropbox wants to change that.
Today at the Dropbox Open conference in London, the company announced Project Infinite with the goal of giving business customers local access to files no matter where they live — in the cloud, on network drives or local drives. In practice, this means when you open Windows Explorer or OSX Finder, you will have access to all of your Dropbox files without having to store them on your drive.
With the Infinite…
Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: Dropbox’s latest idea could change the way you think about cloud storage