It was a constant hassle to manage hard discs and to worry about backups in case something went wrong. You already know if you’ve ever purchased Seagate hard discs.
Then Dropbox appeared, allowing you to upload your data and purchase online storage space. You didn’t have to worry about losing your data or keeping manual backups because they kept up with backups. They showed on your computer as an additional drive, just as if you had plugged in your external hard disc.
There are no longer any external drives, USB cords, or power supplies to manage. Your data is stored on another person’s servers using your name.
Security was the one issue you worried about, and it has advanced significantly. That will be covered later in this text.
We already pay Google $1 per month to purchase 1TB of storage on Google Drive. The price of a 1TB Western Digital hard drive is around $55. That amounts to purchasing 4 years’ worth of cloud storage, meaning you won’t have to worry about backups, hard drive crashes, or worse, the issue of whatever version of Windows is in use in 4 years’ time failing to recognise your USB drive!
Companies began considering ways to unload more than just their data as consumers started dumping their storage to the cloud.