Cloud Storage
for Students
Siobhan McCarthy
Reference & Instruction Librarian
siobhanmccarthy.com
Last updated 11/11/13
What is “Cloud Storage”?
“A file hosting service, cloud storage
service, online file storage provider, or
cyberlocker is[a...
Advantages of Cloud Storage
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Convenience
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Security
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Ability to access files from any computer
connected to...
Advantages of Cloud Storage
 Auto-saving
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File will auto-save to the Internet, and not
be lost in case of power outage ...
Most Popular Cloud Services
 Dropbox
 SkyDrive

(Microsoft)
 gDrive (Google)
Also…
 Box.com
 Zoho.com
Microsoft’s SkyDrive
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7GB free storage
Accessible to anyone with a Hotmail, Live, or
Outlook.com account
Deskto...
Google’s gDrive
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15GB of free storage (across all Google services)
Accessible to anyone with an existing Google or...
Dropbox
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2GB free storage (additional storage available)
Desktop client available for Mac, PC and mobile
devi...
Box
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10GB free storage
Desktop and mobile clients available for syncing
files between multiple devices
Ability...
Zoho
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5GB of free storage
Full suite of productivity
applications, including email, documents, calendars, etc....
In Summary
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Students may already have access to cloud
storage accounts through Google or
Microsoft, but are not aware...
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  • Cloud Storage for Students

    1. 1. Cloud Storage for Students Siobhan McCarthy Reference & Instruction Librarian siobhanmccarthy.com Last updated 11/11/13
    2. 2. What is “Cloud Storage”? “A file hosting service, cloud storage service, online file storage provider, or cyberlocker is[a] service specifically designed to host user files. It allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet, smart phone or other networked device, by the same user or possibly by other users, after a password or other authentication is provided.” File hosting service. (2013, August 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:40, September 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File_hosting_service&oldid=568434611
    3. 3. Advantages of Cloud Storage  Convenience   Security     Ability to access files from any computer connected to the Internet Password required for sign-in No flash drives to lose File will not be left on the local machine Currency  Always working with the most current version of a document
    4. 4. Advantages of Cloud Storage  Auto-saving  File will auto-save to the Internet, and not be lost in case of power outage or accidental disconnect  Collaboration  Ability to share access to document, and allow multiple people to edit it at once  Cost  Free* * In exchange for agreeing to the Terms of Service agreement
    5. 5. Most Popular Cloud Services  Dropbox  SkyDrive (Microsoft)  gDrive (Google) Also…  Box.com  Zoho.com
    6. 6. Microsoft’s SkyDrive      7GB free storage Accessible to anyone with a Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com account Desktop client available for Mac and PC  Automatically syncs documents saved in the folder to the Internet  Easily sync between multiple computers Can create and edit documents through web interface in .docx format http://skydrive.microsoft.com/
    7. 7. Google’s gDrive     15GB of free storage (across all Google services) Accessible to anyone with an existing Google or Gmail account Automatically save e-mail attachments from Gmail Desktop client available for Mac and PC  Easily sync between multiple computers Create and edit documents through web interface Files are created in the proprietary Google format, but can be saved/exported as .docx, .odt, or .pdf http://drive.google.com/     Automatically syncs documents saved in the folder to the Internet
    8. 8. Dropbox       2GB free storage (additional storage available) Desktop client available for Mac, PC and mobile devices  Automatically syncs documents saved in the folder to the Internet  Easily sync between multiple computers Portable version available that can run on flash drives, backing up files to the Internet Easily share folders with other users Disadvantage: No web interface available for file editing http://www.dropbox.com/
    9. 9. Box       10GB free storage Desktop and mobile clients available for syncing files between multiple devices Ability to login with a Google account Web interface for text editing Easily share files or folders with other users Disadvantages:    Integrating Microsoft Word documents requires additional plugins to be installed Web-based documents require copying and pasting into a local document http://www.box.com/
    10. 10. Zoho      5GB of free storage Full suite of productivity applications, including email, documents, calendars, etc. Ability to log-in using Google, Yahoo, or Facebook accounts Geared toward business users Disadvantages:    No desktop client for syncing, web-based only Not as well known as others, may be more difficult to collaborate on files http://www.zoho.com/
    11. 11. In Summary   Students may already have access to cloud storage accounts through Google or Microsoft, but are not aware of the additional services these accounts are eligible for Fewer opportunities for compatibility issues to arise   Example: Using a Mac-based software program at home, but only able to access PC-based programs at school Accessible to anyone   Accounts are free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No additional software to purchase.
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