FTP or Cloud? Weighing the Pros and Cons of Data Storage and Transfer Systems
Back before we had computers to store and share information, we relied on hand written material and the mail as data delivery services. Fortunately we have come a long way since those times and now have the ability to store and share items with the simple click of a button. And as nice as it is to receive a hand written letter in the mail, being able to instantaneously share files with one another has brought a new level of ease and efficiency to our lives.
Even in the last few years, our society has seen advances in data delivery methods with the recent arrival of the Cloud. While an FTP server used to be the primary method for individuals and businesses to transfer data, the Cloud is beginning to take over. Does this mean the FTP server is now a thing of the past? Not necessarily.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both FTP and the Cloud, and both file transfer services have adamant followers. The Cloud, being the newer of the two, has its glitches still. First of all, there are many web hosts that do not recognize the Cloud, so those services aren’t available to Cloud users. Since FTP has been around for a long time, it is widely universal. FTP also allows for the easy file transfer of large amounts of data. With the Cloud, you can only upload small pieces of information at a time. You are also only able to access things that you personally uploaded onto the Cloud, unlike with FTP, which allows everyone with access to the server to see anything on it.
Ok, we’ve picked on the Cloud enough–so what advantages does it offer? First of all, the Cloud is more often than not cheaper than an FTP server. With FTP, you have to pay for licenses for each user, and you have to pay for software updates. The Cloud usually has one–time payments and software updates are included. You also have much more storage space on the Cloud, and accessing your information is easier than ever before. As long as you have access to a computer, you can reach your stored data on the Cloud from virtually anywhere.>br>
At the moment, choosing between the different file transfer services is largely based on personal preference. You need to weight the pros and cons and decide what is best for you. Learn more at this link: www.jscape.com