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Merge[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:34, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

I STRONGLY disagree. There is a significant difference between online/cloud backup, and cloud storage. In fact, Cloud Storage is the more general category, (think trees), with cloud backup being a particular instance (think Oak). Due to network latencies, and use case models, Cloud backup is an easier product to create, and to entice users to use. Cloud storage as a general concept includes secondary storage use cases (such as backup), as well as primary storage, archive and other use cases.

However, I do agree that this article needs to be significantly expanded. I nominate user "Jaes" who seems to have a lot of content he would like to add to a project. Given some spare time, I will also be willing to expand this stub. Rfellows (talk) 17:07, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Cloud Storage Service Providers[edit]

I'd like to see a list of providers, and their features, with links to their web pages.

I've used Dropbox, and I'm mostly happy with it, except for one of their more esoteric features on Android handsets. So this is the first place I looked for potential alternatives.

For use on workstations, I really like the fact that the cloud storage is mirrored on the local filesystem. This mitigates a lot of problems.

In theory I like the fact that on cellphones and tablets media files can either be stored downloaded to local storage, or streamed from the cloud. In practice it's much more difficult to control whether files are downloaded or streamed than it should be. That's why I was looking for alternatives.

I'll go look at Ubuntu One, and other cloud storage providers.

Not sure when I'll complete my research, or if I'll be back to rewrite this in a proper Wikipedia style. DrewWho (talk) 14:25, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

Disagree with merge request[edit]

I'm with Rfellows above. Cloud storage is a model, an architecture and an infrastructure. Cloud backup is an application of the infrastructure. I am working on the article to make those points much clearer. Leoinspace (talk) 20:39, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Also Disagree[edit]

Cloud Storage is very distinctly different from the backup applications. The current article does not properly emphasize the difference between Cloud Storage and classic NAS/POSIX file systems. That should be corrected eventually, merging would treat Cloud Storage as though it were merely a method of providing backup services. That would be very misleading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Caitlinbestler (talkcontribs) 22:16, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

NY Times: Data Barns in a Farm Town, Gobbling Power and Flexing Muscle[edit]

I saw a request on mailing list to incorporate information from a NY Times article Data Barns in a Farm Town, Gobbling Power and Flexing Muscle into Wikipedia. Please use that source as you see fit. Thanks --Jeremyb (talk) 20:15, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Internet storage or Cloud storage?[edit]

Recent edits and page moves changed the topic name from "cloud storage" to "Internet storage". What are the arguments for doing this? What do the sources say? Jojalozzo 21:22, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

All the sources use "Cloud storage". This rename is very strange.Marokwitz (talk) 11:06, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
I have requested a return to the old title. Jojalozzo 16:26, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

'Enterprise storage' is not 'data stored in user's computer'.[edit]

The very first line of the article tries to define cloud storage as 'networked enterprise storage where data is stored not only in the user's computer...' . The problem with this is that enterprise storage is by definition not on the user's computer. It is a centralized abstracted form of storage that tries to prevent the need for using the user's computer to store data. So this is not a defining property of cloud storage but is in fact a general property of enterprise storage. The defining character of cloud storage is in the way it is managed (or the way it manages itself) and in the way it is accessed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:22, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Adding confidentiality[edit]

Is it worth mentioning the options that clients have for improving their data confidentiality? For one, "stackable" crytographic filesystems (see Filesystem-level encryption) can be used with services like Dropbox and Google Drive (Linux example, Windows example). And there are other approaches like Least Authority's. Open4D (talk) 08:13, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

Broadening the definition[edit]

I will soon expand the definition of cloud storage to include other interfaces. Cloud storage now addresses all the use cases that traditional, on-premises storage does and this definition needs to reflect that. The architecture section, which I started, needs a serious overhaul as well. Leoinspace (talk) 15:28, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

C.S. for individuals[edit]

This info is great for (large) companies. Can you add a section on individuals (and, maybe small businesses)? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:45, 17 July 2017 (UTC)