Why the USB Flash Drive and Cloud Storage Can Coexist

By · Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

USB Flash Drive Cloud Storage It’s been hotly debated over the past year whether cloud storage has the power to rain on the USB flash drive and win the hearts of consumers for data storage capabilities.  At Premium USB, we’ve always encouraged BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP data whenever you can, however you can.  So, what’s to say that flash drives and cloud storage can’t work hand in hand to complement your digital stash of data?  Can the USB drive weather sailing to the cloud?  I say, why not?  Where the cloud falls short, the flash drive can pick up where it left off to go the distance.

Here are three reasons why

–     First of all, cloud storage isn’t the perfectly puffy white vessel for data that it’s cracked up to be.  You’re completely at the mercy of the service provider in terms of accessing the network and keeping the data secure in their third party hands.  Consequently, the cloud could be down when you need it most, especially if something happens to the server facility.  You also have no way of knowing what measures a provider actually takes to keep those server rooms safe.  Moreover these servers can be hacked, which compromises your files.

Where a USB flash drive comes to the rescue: If you store some of the same data that you keep on the cloud as you do on your thumb drive, you’ll never be without your important files when the worst case scenario tries to rear its ugly head.  Having an encrypted flash drive on your person may give a peace of mind that a remote service cannot compete with.

–     Cloud storage can be rather expensive when considering its incremental costs racked up over time.  Storing in the cloud will typically cost a few dollars per gigabyte per month.  Depending on how much storage you need, these dollars could add up to thousands over the course of just a couple of years.

How a custom USB drive helps: You can bypass having to pay for the larger capacity storage limits.  When you use affordable, high capacity flash drives where you pay one single upfront cost, you can opt for a smaller subscription to the cloud to take the burden off your wallet.  We have so many technology-related bills to pay (cell phone, cable, satellite, Netflix, electricity, etc.), why not cushion the blow with a smaller cloud payment?

–     Cloud storage is truly geared toward larger file capacities.  This is evident when paying for the cost per gigabyte for service.  It’s a double-edged sword where the best deal you’ll get is when you pay for larger capacity premiums.  While the amount of digital information we store is undoubtedly increasing, sometimes we just don’t need more than a few gigs for daily storage transfers.

Why a USB flash drive can make things easier: There’s nothing speedier than the quick plug-and-play capabilities of a USB drive.  With cloud storage, you’re dealing with having to access a provider’s site, logging in and contending with a limited amount of bandwidth.  While you may still want to keep 100GB of archival files on the cloud, you’ll still need your convenient flash drive handy in a pinch to transfer that term paper or picture album from Saturday night’s party.

How do you think the cloud storage and USB flash drive can work together?  Weigh in below!

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