[qi:020] Not a day passes without someone announcing that they have launched a new online storage service — and declaring that it has the prettiest interface and the niftiest features out there. Buyers beware, for all of these services come with a cost, and offer varying levels of reliability.
The folks at Pingdom spent about three months tracking sixteen storage offerings. Some of them were unfamiliar to us, though according to web data tracker Alexa, popular. I wish they had included some of the more well-known storage offerings such as X-Drive, Box.net and .Mac storage. Anyway, their findings pretty much confirm what we all know deep in our hearts: you get what you pay for.
…the availability of these services vary enormously. The service with the worst uptime has 796 times more downtime than the service with the least downtime.
The worst of them all is a service called Mytempdir, which, according to their availability data, redefines the meaning of “temp.” The best of the bunch: mailbigfile. Less than 5 minutes of downtime over a three-month period. That’s almost as good as my BingoDisk service from Joyent.
What storage service do you use and why?
* Options for backing up your files. [WebWorkerDaily]
* Store, Archive, Backit up [WebWorkerDaily]
* S3, Online Storage and Bingodisk. [WebWorkerDaily]