- Jun 30, 2004
20th century suspicion -- I still have misgivings about "The Cloud". I saw how it worked when I accidentally switched on the One Drive feature with my systems. I was peeved about having shortcuts proliferated among my machines, but I could see the possibilities.
If you can find a cheap option to host 200GB of your critical data in the cloud, this option could be perfect for you.
I think you will need to check with your Stablebit support guy. I don't really have experience with it and the cloud thing sounds fascinating but also confusing at the same time.
But I hate subscriptions, and that includes Cloud storage. They are leaks in the wallet that need to be managed in monthly or annual financial planning and execution. They add up. Take for instance my streaming TV subscriptions. I have to monitor them as they appear throughout the month on my credit card account, check against the pre-defined split transaction in my Quicken files. Some would say "You don't need to do that! Just pay your credit card bill!" But -- I do -- and I do because "I say so."
What happens when your cloud storage subscription lapses? For that matter, if I opt for the subscription to the latest edition of Quicken Home and Business, what happens exactly when THAT lapses? Sooner or later I will need to "submit", but I want to find out the implications.
Right now, I like redeploying the old hardware with new parts so that I have control until I make other decisions. My mainstreamer friends use USB sticks or external drives to store their data. I'm paranoid about it.
In the meantime, I'll post a question with Christopher over at Stablebit to see what he says.
But here's the advantage of using a desktop OS for this purpose. I think I'd have to buy a special version of Macrium or AOMEI to do automated/scheduled backup of the server -- IF -- I were using the Windows Server OS. But with 10 Pro, I can just use the regular desktop version of Macrium. With a total of 8TB of backup disks -- or perhaps 10TB -- I should be able to select which files and how often the server backs itself up. In fact, I'd think I'd only need to concern myself with the media files, since the workstations and laptop also now hold full copies of my files and archives. And even those synched files are backed up locally by Macrium to each workstation's hotswap backup drive.