Cloud services are playing an increasingly dominant rule, but we’re still in the early stages of learning how to use them for maximum benefit. These are the 10 most popular cloud posts from Lifehacker in 2013.
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With so many services like iCloud and Dropbox getting hacked these days, it’s no surprise that more people want to pull their data off the cloud. Instead of missing out on those great syncing features though, you can create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you’ll get syncing files, notes, calendars and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to set up.
Free cloud storage is easy to come by these day, but the best cloud storage providers give you more than just storage. They offer high availability, multi-platform support, security options and app integration. This week we’re going to look at five of the best cloud storage providers on the market today, thanks to your nominations.
Yesterday, Western Digital unveiled its first My Cloud storage solution for Australian consumers. The WD My Cloud is a personal cloud drive that allows users to remotely access and backup content across all of their devices. It’s essentially a cross between a traditional NAS and a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive with all data stored on your own private device. It offers virtually unlimited storage potential (via USB 3.0) with no monthly fees to worry about.
Cloud storage is easy to come by. Dozens of services shovel lots of free space to you just for signing up. But which of those services are looking at the files you upload, and which services encrypt your personal data? Let’s take a look.
Adobe Photoshop, along with all other Creative Suite applications, just made a move to the cloud. Adobe decided to discontinue software you can actually buy so it can force you to rent the applications for a monthly fee. This change comes with a number of problems but also some advantages. Here’s what the change means for you.
Apple’s iCloud service is a handy and free option built right into iPhones, iPads and Macs, but it’s also a closed system that’s hard to tweak to your liking. Fortunately, you have a few options for making iCloud a more usable, so you can step out of Apple’s restrictive box and use it how you like.
Cloud services aren’t fundamentally vulnerable because they’re badly designed; they’re vulnerable because they are used by people who can easily be manipulated via social engineering. If your business uses cloud services and you don’t educate your staff, you might as well kiss your data and your reputation goodbye.
An IDC study suggests that 1.7 million cloud-related jobs worldwide went unfilled last year because of a lack of qualified candidates. If you want to lob into one of those roles, these are the five skills areas you need to work on.
What’s the price differential between implementing a private cloud using technology from Microsoft or VMware? One analysis suggests that one costs more than six times the other.
If you are already running servers in a virtualised environment, then shifting into a cloud environment might seem like a relatively trivial step. However, there are some simple principles worth remembering to ensure the process happens with minimal hassle and that you can justify the costs involved.