These days “to have your head in the clouds” is not a bad idea at all. It has very little to do with fantasies and daydreaming. On the contrary, the very term “cloud” is now associated with being efficient and pragmatic. It is all about cloud storage services that allow you to keep data on a remote server accessed from the Internet. This model offers you a number of benefits so irresistible that, for most of us, it is not a question of to store on the cloud or not, but rather a question of what cloud service to choose?
However, for the sake of those who still have doubts about cloud storage services, let us start with listing their advantages:
Advantages of Cloud Storage
- You get to save precious space on your hard drive. Instead of keeping all these bulky videos, images, and ‘God knows what’ files on your Mac, upload them online. “You are running out of space” warnings won’t display across your screen anymore and you won’t have to delete “unnecessary” stuff in panic only to find out that you accidentally deleted reports you’ve been working on.
- You can access your data from any device anywhere as long as you are connected to the Internet. Create a file on your office desktop, make changes to it on a laptop at home, and review it on a tablet while commuting to office.
- If your laptop decides to end its life journey without prior notice, you won’t be crying over its untimely death too much. You’ve got a backup of all your files on a cloud, so you can download them from there and carry on with your usual activities.
- It becomes easier to collaborate with your colleagues. Now, instead of mailing them large attachments, you can send the link to a shared folder on a cloud.
- It might not be obvious, but storing data online is much safer than keeping it locally. Security systems of cloud services typically do a very good job at protecting your data from unauthorized access.
The advantages offered by cloud storage services are abundant and it is best to just go ahead and experience the benefits for yourself.
Now, one has to choose which service to use. It is not a very easy task considering how many options the market offers these days. What you could do is start by using several of them, give them a trial period and see which one suits your needs best at an optimal price. It is also possible that you will find it more convenient to use multiple storage services at the same time.
Managing Data Stored Online
In any case, you will need to figure out how to manage your data stored online. Traditionally, there are two ways to upload, download, and manage data stored in clouds – either through the web interface of a service or with the help of a native application client. Most users prefer the latter method that allows syncing the content of one’s machine and the cloud storage.
Say, whenever you update a file on your Mac, you drag-and-drop it into the folder designated for a particular cloud service and the latest version of the document gets uploaded online. The problem with this seemingly very convenient solution is that you basically keep your files both on your Mac’s hard drive and a cloud service. This completely wipes out the previously mentioned first advantage of using clouds services, i.e. you basically do not get to free much needed space on your Mac.
Is there a workaround? What should one do to solve the problem? The answer’s simple, use a third party application, like CloudMounter. This software allows you to make most of a desktop application for a cloud service and saves you hard disk space too. The app is capable of mounting cloud services on your Mac, and you can access its contents as if they were stored on your Mac’s additional hard drives. Of course, you need to be connected to the Internet to view and access files.
The application supports the most popular cloud storage services – Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Amazon S3. It also enables you to connect to FTP/FTPS/SFTP and WebDAV servers. Thus, CloudMounter becomes a single entry point to access all your data stored online.