Bitcasa experiences day II

imageSo… I signed up with Bitcasa, the infinite drive, where you can store an unlimited amount of files for $99 a year. Some more experiences.


I read a lot of complaints currently on the support forum of BitCasa, my upload speed varies from  about 8Mb per second to 40 kbytes/s (The speed at start might be because at the start it just buffers to the BitCasa buffer so that is a local copy…).  This was after I upgraded to the new client ( I thought that it would auto update the client but apparently it does not.  I can understand that because possibly the update mechanism only updates new clients not the old beta clients. So if you are running the old client you will have manually download and install the after-beta version.

8mb: probably buffering to bitcasa cache
48 kbytes/s: the real deal

I’m not particular worried about speed. On this moment I’m just offloading backups to BitCasa which I start on one laptop and then leave it running until it is finished.

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Where will my little cloud go

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand. (do you use gmail?)

image I like "the cloud" :

1. I can access my stuff from anywhere on any device
2. I don’t have to think about backups (and even can signup with cloud backup)
3.  I don’t have to develop and maintain these apps myself, some other folks will add new functionality

However… I am already beginning to feel disadvantages:

1. The more stuff I signup with (flickr, family+friends, dropbox, etc…) the more I monthly pay altogether for this stuff (awaiting monthly subscriptions for the free services like webmail) (and including my donations)
2. the more I "outsource" (other than me improving and maintain the software / hardware) the more I loose control on security and privacy but also functionality improvement I want.

So… this will probably drive me (and a lot of people like me) to a point where running your own server is cost-technically still the most interesting. It means work each month to maintain the os, (open source) apps and possibly write my own stuff but it will save me money in the end. Then again it will probably only be for the few lucky ones who can secure a linux environment, do server optimization and are in general technically somewhat more able because else the time invested in learning how to do "all of this" is not worth the effort.

And… to even bring these costs even more down … I think more and more people will probably buy a server and place it somewhere in their house and have it accessible via the outside world . Meaning: a lot of households will get little clouds.

I’m not saying anything new here, a certain group of people has been running these things like in the uhm… pre-Internet BBS era. And a lot of ‘Linux persons’ are running their servers for years and years but… I think however it will go mainstream now.

And uhm… I am also writing this to convince my wife that this new high-end server is absolutely needed apart from our X other computers on our gigabyte LAN with its own N terabyte storage capacity because uhm… more services in the cloud for our household simply means: we need more powerful servers in house. So… uhm… in the end it will save us a lot of money :) (there is however the downside that maintenance and functional improvement DO mean some hours per month you have to set aside for these tasks) (luckily some people like this for a hobby) (and maybe there is a business opportunity for servecing the 99% out there who has no clue).