Cloud computing is a topic that is preoccupied with a host of IT experts who predict the ultimate downfall of all cloud refusers if they do not switch to this new form of IT environment.
Okay, that may be a little exaggerated, but there is one important question: do I actually need this cloud?
To answer that, we’ve gathered some important criteria that give an indication of how cloud-affine you are.
Since this topic is very multifaceted and multi-layered, we make our decision-making aids available in two parts.
Cloud services such as Dropbox as a central data store
For many years, users of cloud services (see full list at DigitalNibbles.com) Dropbox & Co. have valued the cloud above all as a central data storage medium. This allows text documents, images and other data to be managed and stored very conveniently in a clearly defined location so that they can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter whether you want to read or edit your data via PC, notebook, smartphone or tablet, because the right application is available for every device class. However, US cloud services such as Dropbox in particular should comply with the strict German data protection law. Sensitive information in particular should therefore not be stored with one of the well-known cloud providers.
Cloud services such as Google Docs as a collaboration tool
For online workers, the cloud offers a variety of possibilities. This applies above all to working together on projects beyond city and national borders. Cloud-based tools such as Google Docs or Google Spreadsheets, for example, offer useful collaboration options that allow texts and Excel spreadsheets to be created and edited together. But projects can also be carried out transnationally by relying on cloud tools such as Basecamp or Wrike, which greatly simplify the management of small and large projects. Cloud services such as Google Hangouts and Web Inspiration also help to find knowledge and ideas together.
Cloud services for automated data protection
In addition to simple data storage, cloud services are also suitable for automated storage and recovery of data. Special online backup services are available for this purpose, which have various advantages over local data backup. These include, above all, the highest possible level of security offered by such a backup service, as data backup is guaranteed. And if something should go wrong, experts will fix it. In addition, the backup software is always up to date, and the risk of data loss due to fire or theft is much lower in the case of an online backup than with the local version.