Having been so pleased with the website Nathan at Picture and Word had design for me last year, I decided to go back to him with my new idea. It was bolder, bigger and gave me a head ache thinking about it! However, I knew in the hands of Nathan things would be fine, and they have been... plus more. He is a great web designer who spends many an hour working and thinking deeply about what you want and the best way to do it. He is very approachable and willing to listen to your ideas and expand on them. He comes up with very valid and cost effective alternatives, explaining how elements of the site can be designed and managed. I would wholeheartedly recommend him for any web design job, well worth the money, cheers Nathan :-)
New web start-up Bitcasa are touting a new and game-changing option for those of you looking to use the cloud as your main method of storing your data.
Although the idea of keeping some of your data in the cloud and synced to your computers and phones has been a real hit, with companies like Dropbox and Livedrive getting more and more popular. The idea has been somewhat limited thus far.
So what is new with Bitcasa?
Well the main idea is that they are offering a completely unlimited package, and when they say unlimited there is no asterisk with little print at the bottom of the page indicating that they have any caps whatsoever. When they say unlimited the really are proposing unlimited. Unlimited storage, bandwidth, the lot.
They offer industry standard encryption, which although a little technical in their case, basically means that they are quite certain that what you own will remain yours and that nobody, not even them, will be able to read your data and make any sense of it.
The idea is that you backup the entire contents of your hard drive to their servers, and when I say the entire contents, I mean ALL of it, including the files that make up your operating system as well. This is held on their servers and will be available to you from any destination. Should you be out and about and need that all important file, there it is. Want to listen to the song that you know is buried deeply on your PC at home? Well, now it should be available wherever you go - assuming that there is internet available there. The things that we really care about is the data that is personal to us, the photos, movies and documents that we write, and although this idea is nothing new, the scope of the concept is huge.
Can I rely on it?
As the internet gets more and more available and reliable, then yes, you will be able to rely on systems like this one proposed by Bitcasa. However, some words of caution. This company is new, and whilst they are clearly very intelligent people, they will need some heavy weight investors, or a lot of subscribers to make the service profitable. When that happens, I might well start to look at this kind of solution as a way to store my data. Until I work out if the system is robust and reliable, I'm going to stick will my own data storage, because I know that I have all of the bases covered, even if it does not sync to all of my machines.