I have just installed Google Drive and SkyDrive in addition to DropBox and of courses iCloud. That is 5Gb, 20Gb, 2Gb and 20Gb currently. iCloud is only for one year then they will charge beyond 5Gb next year. So I have 47gb in the cloud right now.
All these Clouds are free and some are less clunky than the others and all work on both the PC and the Mac. All allow access from multiple devices such as PC, Laptop, tablet and phone. Apple iCloud to me is great because you can access and synch all your devices without doing anything. That means my laptop which is Bangkok synchs my iMac which is in Salisbury and of cause my phone to which is with me. So my calendar, contacts, email and photos all on each device. Documents are also synch’d, but you have to choose them, if you don’t create them in iCloud and they are limited to iWork. So all other documents I keep in Google Drive and SkyDrive. I have a large number of PDFs so I am storing them in SkyDrive. I use Google Drive as files I tend to use for my websites. I use Dropbox to share files with other people as that seems to be the main one people use. Given it is the smallest free one at 2Gb, I have exchanged files with several people and keep them there.
My websites are in Google sites and Macmate and use Google Sites templates and Apple iWeb templates.
Some people feel that Cloud services are very big brotherish as they ask for access to your apps and your location etc. Today, I can ensure you that not just devices like this are good at locating you. If you use GPS for anything and most phones do, unless switched off, people can find you. Whether its Facebook or any of the social networking tools or any of the Microsoft, Google, Apple products. Everyone is trying to learn about us so that the knowledge they can create for us is closer to what we want. Unless we allow some invasion of location, high level facts about ourselves, then they cannot create the sophisticated knowledge we desire. So its not just about the Cloud which has all our data, we should worry about access, but of course the data is encrypted.
Ok what happens if the Cloud dies, well I keep my systems backed up on a 1TB time capsule. If the Cloud dies for a long period of time, I assure you there will be other problems in the world. I keep some files in multiple clouds and multiple back up devices. Why do I do that, well I was once in a fire when I worked at DEC the computer manufacturer. For my current files I shared on their server I lost nothing, but my Mac and PCs were vaporised and I lost a lot of personal information especially designs and documents that were priceless to me and grieved for them until I have eventually forgotten some of them.
Cloud computing is becoming more pervasive and as long as you keep your important data backed up and where you can access it, more and more will become available as the tech biggies persuade us to keep our data with them.