PodSession: online storage

In this week’s PodSession Om and I talk about online storage and the increased need to backup your digital lifestyle. The launch of Amazon’s Simple Storage Service was just the beginning of online storage utilities. Companies such as Amazon help people feel their data is safe with a company that already manages large amounts of data and will be in business for a long while.

We are starting to see some enterprise-level backup and storage technologies applied to the consumer space. Home computer users are consuming more and more storage space by ripping CD collections, downloading music and movies, and loading large images from their cameras. Lost data means either a lot more work or memories vanished forever, creating new opportunities for a data insurance policy for individuals.

This week’s PodSession is titled Online storage. The podcast is 21 minutes in length, a 9.6 MB download.


Commentary on "PodSession: online storage":

  1. Robert Dewey on wrote:

    I predict that within 5-10 years, hybrid peer to peer will take over. With the rapid expansion of broadband, why trust another company with your data when you can just stream it from home via a hybrid P2P network drive? Don’t want to download an app on the client side? No problem, just login via the web using an AJAX interface.

    The peer to peer model works for everything … I’d even venture to say that it would work for an e-commerce marketplace similar to eBay, with some very significant differences:

    FreeUpload as many listings as you wantListing never expiresUnlimited item photos
    Instant communicationBuyers still find your stuff via the standard web interface, only sellers are required to download a small app

    Peer to peer is an area that I would seriously consider looking into. Afterall, you might find the next Napster or Skype…

  2. Brian Phipps on wrote:

    I subscribe to PodSessions and like them alot. I have a few suggestions that might make them better. These are intended to give the dialogue a bit more structure, while keeping the relaxed free flow of comments and quips (always the best part).

    For each session, maybe have a descriptive theme rather than a simple “subject”. For storage, perhaps something like “New developments in online storage” or “How soon will we all be using online storage?”
    That gives listeners a better idea of what’s coming.

    At the beginning of each session, perhaps state “the problem being solved” by the technology in question. I think you do this in the storage discussion. That helps define a baseline for the technology for the rest of your dialogue.

    For each discussion, maybe come up with 2-4 big issues that affect that technology and its customers. If you do this at the beginning, listeners will then have a context and points of reference for what you and Om will have to say. That can help us think along with the conversation, and makes the podcast more stimulating.

  3. nialrags on wrote:

    I do agree that the peer to peer model for online storage has a role to play. It may not take over the entire segment, but will certainly be a cheap alternate. While central storage concept will still be the market segment leader for online storage, especially for the ones desiring higher level of security with redundant backups and reliability with data center quality infrastructure, for the rest, the cheaper peer to peer online storage might really catch on. But my guess is that instead of seeing new services in this field, existing leaders such as IBackup (http://www.ibackup.com) might modify their business models to offer variety of online storage services including peer to peer. There is already some sort of integrated offering by many services. IBackup offers online storage, online backup and remote access. Logmein has just released a backup version to club with its remote access. But I do agree on the basic point: peer to peer will have huge applications coming up in next few years.