Yesterday in the Mobility Blog BlackBerry group, one of our members misplaced his 16GB memory card. That led us to discuss cloud storage as an alternative to traditional storage such as memory cards and flash drives.
Like almost every Nigerian user, I was sceptic about using anything relating to cloud storage in the past. My number one argument was that if I upload my files online I might not have the same level of control as opposed to if I have them on an external hard disk.
So in that vein, I let my scepticism get the better part of me and I did not embrace any cloud solution, until two months ago.
I own a 500 GB external hard disk that I use as a backup of all my important documents, games, videos and audio files. I was in my dorm room about two months ago when suddenly the external hard disk fell from my hand.
My heart skipped a beat as I picked it up, quickly found my laptop and I plugged it in to make sure that it was still working. As I suspected the fall must have damaged something as my 500GB hard disk has refused to work since then.
Knowing that all my data was gone just like that and there was nothing I could do gave me chills. I thought of all my files, most importantly my documents.
Then I shrugged off the hypocritic idea I had about cloud storage and me not having control. The reason is because the moment I came online and gave my details to Facebook, Google and co anyway. I have not had control over my details since then. It’s only God that knows what they have done or been doing with it without my consent. So I proceeded to create accounts at Box and Dropbox – both prominent cloud storage solutions.
Due to some loyalty programs, my Box.com account is now credited with 50GB which is more than enough for me to back up important things like documents, old pictures and my device drivers.
Cloud Storage in Nigeria is not very appetising to the internet using populace and I understand why. There are bandwidth constraints, fear of lack of control e.t.c. However, if there is one thing that I have learnt, albeit the hard way – it is that I should have at least had my most important files uploaded.
Since we stay in this our unique country, we should not see cloud storage as a replacement to traditional storage but instead as a complimentary feature in case trouble (gbege) happens with you beloved 1TB hard disk. Documents and pictures will not require as much bandwidth as opposed to you backing up a movie.
If you plan on embracing the use of cloud storage, you should endeavour to upload things like documents, presentations and old pictures first before you consider things like video files or audio.