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Tonyd3 16 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 6:32PM

Quote:Nef files are now on two 500gb set up on raid 5


yes you are right it should have read Raid 2
User_Removed 11 1.4k England
30 Nov 2010 6:57PM
A 2mbps line is more than enough for most cloud use, I have 512kbps at home and its perfectly adequate.

I don't understand how people can get away with "lost emails, lost files, hardware data loss" - when the cloud technology is free and so easily available.

For instance, if your email is only "received" to one machine and that's it. Then you are heavily behind the times, and asking for problems.

We had a company once that had a single outlook account to receive email for all the staff. They would have to log-onto the email account one at a time and if someone got an email for someone else, then re-send it to the address for them to later pick up again in outlook. It was a 40 minute mission every morning for them to all get their mail. - It just shows you the kind of ludicrous methods older email standards use.

~ Thankfully now they have a cloud email solution and each person has their own email extension along with the primary email which is pooled to all staff, all can be accessed live and from any internet device.

Obviously most people won't need a dedicated blade, but in terms of data backup (photographers) its silly to ignore a cloud solution like picasa, dropbox or other file sync service.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 7:16PM
You've lost me Sam, now you are talking about backing up to the cloud but first of all it sounded like you stored everything on cloud servers and worked direct to them.


Quote:in terms of data backup (photographers) its silly to ignore a cloud solution like picasa, dropbox or other file sync service.

Yup nothing wrong with that, though as quite a few people have found to their cost it's best not to put all your eggs in one basket. If the cloud company goes belly up it could be a real disaster - that's why I use it as a backup to my backup rather than rely totally on it.
User_Removed 11 1.4k England
30 Nov 2010 7:37PM

Quote: stored everything on cloud servers and worked direct to them.


I do that also, but that isn't really widely available to most people.

I've been having great fun with the googOS nightly builds and some of the applications they are putting out.
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
1 Dec 2010 10:01AM

Quote:If the cloud company goes belly up it could be a real disaster


Could be a bit nebulous? Wink
joolsb 16 27.1k 38 Switzerland
1 Dec 2010 10:10AM
Ah ,but I bet when it works he's on Cloud 9....
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
1 Dec 2010 10:22AM
Maybe, but the issue is clouded with doubt! Wink
MeanGreeny 15 3.7k England
1 Dec 2010 11:50AM

Quote:Maybe, but the issue is clouded with doubt! Wink


It's a cirrus matter, obviously
rhousham 14 435 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 3:26PM
Back to the original point I just have one hard disk drive but if you have the cash and the expertise then separate the drives.
It'll help when you need a new computer.
Or when you do get a new computer stick the old hdd in and just copy the my documents data accross.
The programs you will have to reinstall, but if you don't won't that mess Windows up and the registry etc.

Programs for me are the worst. Takes a while to get all those free ones you got from the internet back down!
Have you guys heard of steam - you can buy games from there and then if you loose your data or program just go back to the site username and password and away you goWink Get em all back - sound a bit like this cloud thing.
Richard
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
1 Dec 2010 4:16PM

Quote:I plan on doing the same with photos to Picasa or Flickr

I'm not sure but I don't think that Picasa will allow you to store images at their original size.
I don't know much about Flickr. I've tried it a few times and can't make head nor tail of it.
I've got my stuff stashed away with Skydrive.
It's free although the amount of storage is limited. That doesn't really affect me 'cos I don't have huge piles of stuff to store. I simply start over with a new email address if I run out of room but it could affect others.
It's free though and you can store images at their original size.

Jester.
digicammad 17 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 4:19PM
If you want online backup take a look at Carbonite, which costs about 30 per annum. There was another service mentioned recently but I can't remember what it was called. Maybe somebody could remind us.

Ian
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
1 Dec 2010 4:29PM
I looked at Carbonite when I was trying to find something and looking at various reviews it seemed to be pretty highly thought of.

Another name that kept cropping up was Mozy but I've a feeling that that was less popular for some reason.

Jester.
digicammad 17 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 4:36PM
Ah Mozy, that was the one. I seem to remember that was recommended because it copes with external drives, which Carbonite doesn't.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 4:45PM
Or Backblaze which does external drives too
User_Removed 11 1.4k England
1 Dec 2010 11:13PM

Quote:Sam, where are you storing your everyday files, like a bunch of RAW photos that you need to post process or some work-in-progress psd files?


A good "cover all" solution is a service like drop box, expandable space for friends/yourself. Its easy to use. Recently released an API which made it very competitive indeed if you need specialist features.

However microsoft "live sync" is now my preferable option as they are really heavily pushing out improvements to the service and right now its really very nice to use indeed. It seamlessly integrates with alot of already existing platforms. ATM I just have my documents, desktop and some storage folders being watch "synced".

Previously I have used sugarSync, also very good for a 5GB free account. At the time it was the best option to push a 3G connection too ( location camera -> nettop -> 3G -> sugarsync -> distribution ).

The most powerful I have used is Syncplicity. I used Syncplicity to format and restore my machine without any external storage at all and that was easy enough, but you will find most services offer the same features if you dig deep enough.

ofc Adobe offer cloud solutions in partnership with amazonWeb and AIR technoplogy. These all work with LiveCycle CS5 and the suite. ( They gearing up for proper live-time collaborative work-flow in photoshop and the like ) but that tends to be a solution for higher-end production.

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