Freelancers, solopreneurs and people who work for themselves require a fair amount of storage. Sometimes, you have the budget and space to put it all on hard drives and stuff it in your PC. But certain professionals need to go beyond home computing services, especially if they want to be able to access their data on the move.
Here’s where cloud storage comes into its own. With the cloud, you pay monthly for the gigabytes that you need and then increase your premiums if you need to rent more space. Furthermore, you’re not bound to a single piece of physical hardware in your home office. You can work on your mobile phone in the park or a hotel room (if such things exist in the future).
Working out which service to choose, though, can be a challenge. There are a host of service providers out there, but you have to somehow whittle it down to just one. So who’s the best? Who should you go to for your cloud provision? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Azure Data Lake
Microsoft is a big player in the cloud storage market, as you might expect. The company has built out its infrastructure significantly over the last few years under the name “Azure.” It provides you with a suite of services, from Office 360 to Skype to Xbox Live – everything you do and don’t need for a day’s work.
The company’s Data Lake is the company’s slightly grandiose-sounding business product. It’s for every enterprise, regardless of the extent of their data needs. You can use it for word processing, 3D modelling, or database applications – it’s entirely up to you.
Amazon Web Services S3
Amazon isn’t just a world-leading eCommerce company – it is also top dog in the cloud storage market. Despite starting as a bookseller, the company got a head-start on the rest of the industry and began offering enterprise-level cloud services more than a decade ago. Using an AWS database migration service, companies could hook up to the firm’s servers and essentially say goodbye to in-house IT.
S3 or Simple Storage Service is the company’s current hard drive without a hard drive option. It lets you rent space for all your applications, including big data. Plus, it is one of the most popular services in the world, generating more than $10 billion in revenue for the retail giant last year.
IBM Cloud isn’t the best known of services out there, but it still provides excellent support. The reason companies use the legacy company has to do with the help that it offers. IBM is still a highly technically-minded enterprise, and so it often provides a level of B2B service you don’t get with mainstream providers. Part of its services, for instance, involves cognitive AI tools that make it easier for you to manage and process data. You’re often able to gain insights that would be impossible to discover via manual data mining.
The top dog is undoubtedly Amazon, but other companies provide unique advantages and disadvantages.