With the growing popularity of storing data in the cloud and cloud computing in general, a new question has arisen; How much cloud storage space do you really need? There are many ways to approach developing an answer to this seemingly simple question (though it is actually far from simple), but the first important step involves asking a very simple question.

What Type of Cloud User Am I?

Try to profile your needs in order to find out what type of cloud user you and your colleagues or family members are. There are two typical users of cloud storage space. There are personal and also business users. Business users typically have larger requirements as they are using the cloud to back up important business documents. In such cases 50 GB, 100 GB or even more might be needed. Many consumers are okay with a free account to start things off with.

Many firms, such as ElephantDrive, will give personal users around 2GB for no charge at all. All the consumer has to do is sign up for the free account. The rest of the process is just as simple as uploading your documents from any other website. In some cases, cloud sites actually make the whole uploading process much simpler than other sites do. While pondering the uploading issue it is important to ask that second important question.

How Much Physical Storage Space Am I Currently Using?

Physical storage for digital material is all over the place in today’s world! It seems that it is harder to find a key chain that does not have a flash drive than to find one that does. The kicker is that the key chain that has the flash drive is probably cheaper! Many businesses consider this question irrelevant as they are attempting to backup a predetermined amount of important files. Many personal users do not want to back up their ENTIRE music and video collection, yet some personal users might actually want to do this. Many home users will have a large hard drive hub that broadcasts files through their home’s Wi-Fi network.

Data from this drive can be backed up to physical media such as DVD-R or BD-R. However it is important to remember that the cloud might be more reliable than traditional media, which actually goes bad over the years. When DVD-R first came out certain claims were made, and now consumers are starting to learn that many engineers might have jumped the gun a little as these consumers now possess discs that are no longer recognizable despite the fact that they have taken care of them!

For more information, read about Amazon cloud services.