Cloud

Started Nov 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP tabloid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,000
Re: Cloud

graybalanced wrote:

tabloid wrote:

Thanks for your reply.

I don't mind how long it takes (I'm not going anywhere).

Just wondering if its possible.

And if there are any companies on the horizon capable of doing this.

Should be interesting when 4K video camera owners want to back up in the clouds.

There are many ways and many services. Remember, "the cloud" just means a company with a bunch of servers. Since you described clients, maybe what you need is not simple "cloud" storage but a very good online service for backing up, storing, and retrieving photos online for yourself and for clients. These companies are not "on the horizon," they exist now and have existed for years.

You probably don't want any "personal" storage solutions like Flickr, Amazon S3, Backblaze, etc. You might do better with business-oriented online photo storage like PhotoShelter, Zenfolio, or Smugmug which give you a lot of organizational control over the photos online so that you can grant access to specific galleries for specific clients very easily, control access, etc. Some of those services have unlimited storage. All of them work with all devices (computers, phones, tablets).

As far as the time goes, what you need to do is go to a website like Speedtest.net and measure the UPLOAD (not download) speed of your Internet connection. For uploading to cloud it doesn't matter what your download speed is. You have to know your upload speed. And upload speed is often much slower than download speed, so you have to know what that is to know how many months it's going to take you to push 4TB into the cloud. Also, depending on your service, uploading may cause downloading to become very slow. You have to find out, if you need to upload 24/7 for 6 weeks, does that mean you will put up with slow downloads of all your web surfing 24/7 for 6 weeks? Run some tests.

Some services let you "seed" your storage where instead of spending a couple months uploading, you ship them a big hard drive and they copy it over there. After that you only have to upload the new stuff.

Your question about 4K video doesn't change any of this. Remember, "unlimited storage" doesn't take away any of the problems of online (ok, we can call it "cloud") storage. The real limitation is how fast you can upload and download, and those companies know it. That's why they can offer "unlimited." They know most people don't have the upload bandwidth to fill just a few TB. Uploading 4K involves the same issues. Do you have the upload capacity to get 4K videos up without completely choking your Internet connection for a complete business day.

Thanks for your reply.

And what you say is true.

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