Where Was The Cloud When I Needed It?

The cloud has so many things to offer. One of its greatest advantages is limiting the potential points of failure even when sometimes that single breaking point is of humankind. I would like to share a  recent event, and how a cloud service would have been a better choice for me personally.

It was early in my career when I was working for an Application Service Provider, now we call them Software-as-a-Service providers, when I first caught the bug for the potential of the Internet of Things. I loved working with different technologies, attending dynamic industry events, travelling around the globe and meeting so many interesting people.

After 20 years in the industry, my laptop bag always in tow, I have collected a tremendous amount of data from the countless laptops and desktops I have used. I always remember to remove the hard drive once I am done using a device. On my shelf I have more than 30 IDE, SATA, SSDs, all with tidbits of data that include documents, videos, photos, spreadsheets, etc. I am a data hoarder!

A few months ago I decided it was time to consolidate those drives.  I went out and bought a nifty StarTech IDE and SATA to USB cable and a nice little 2.5 TB ruggedized portable drive. I took my time sorting, organizing  and migrating the data over and finished it in about a week and a half. With my past in data security, I made sure to wipe each drive when I was done with it.

After all was said and done, I put the new drive in a safe and secure place for whenever I would need it next.

Last week I needed a Power Point template from a laptop I used a few years ago.

Do you think I can remember where I put that drive?

I have searched high and low, opened drawers and boxes that I haven’t touched in months. I made sure it was in a safe place all right, and tricked myself into forgetting where it was.

Now if I had decided to sort, organize and migrate my hard drives to a reputable cloud storage provider, I wouldn’t have needed that ruggedized drive, I wouldn’t have had to worry about security or making sure my data was in a secure and apparently in a secret spot. Finding that template would have been three clicks away using whatever device I needed to.

I am still looking for that 2.5 inch orange piece of plastic and when I do, every byte is going on-line for good.

In this day and age, choosing the right tool is as equally important as getting the job done. And if hindsight is truly 20/20 vision then why can’t I see where I put that darn drive!