External Storage Options - Cloud or External Drives
In the early days of home computing, if you needed more storage capacity for your computer, you had to install another drive inside the case. For a while, this was fine. But now, data portability, or the ability to access your data from a number of locations, makes this impractical.
Cloud storage, or housing your data (and sometimes your network applications) offsite and making it globally accessible over the Internet, is growing in popularity. Learn about some of the more popular options for both the home and business user.
Migrating to the cloud, as it’s called, may not be for you, or maybe you are the only one that needs access to certain data. If Internet-based storage options aren’t to your liking, USB external drives may be just what you need. Iomega and LaCIe are two of the more popular makers of USB external drives. Find a comparison of some of the options both companies offer and review the specifications and features they have to offer.
Maybe you have data such as pictures and videos you want your whole family to have easy access to. Network Attached Storage (NAS) may be just the option for you. This option allows every family on the home network (whether wired or wireless) to map a drive they can access across the network. If you manage the settings in your router or modem properly, you can even access the data while on vacation over the Internet, securely. Get familiar with some of the NAS options available.