In order to answer this question, you first need to answer why exactly you use a mainstream cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Anyway, through a Facebook advertisement I came across Lima – it is a cloud storage device that lets you create your own, personal cloud storage instead of having to depend on other services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
Primarily there are three reasons why a person like me uses a cloud storage service:
- Files are available everywhere on every device
- Even if I lose all my devices due to some freak accident, my data is safe somewhere up in the cloud
- The big cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox constantly take backups so I’m not accidentally going to lose my data
Of course there can be problems too. Around a year ago, iCloud was hacked (it’s a cloud storage service for Apple devices) so it means if a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox gets hacked, all your personal files can be available to the hackers. So yes, this is a risk that you need to bear in mind while using the mainstream cloud storage services. There are virtual data room services which are more corporate based. But they will sustain a higher level of encryption and overall security to keep your data safe.
What would be the benefit of using a gadget like Lima and using it as your personal cloud storage device?
As their website explains you install this Lima device at home – you are going to need an Internet enabled router running and a hard drive where you are going to store all your files – and once everything is set up, you can access the files in your hard drive from everywhere, no matter what device you’re using. Here is a video that explains how you can use the Lima device at your home:
Once you have done the setup and installed the required apps on your Android or Apple devices, every file you create on these devices whether it’s video, image or text file, is stored in this Lima personal cloud storage device. So the hard drive that is connected to the Lima device at home becomes your cloud storage that is accessible from everywhere through your Internet connection.
The question is, unless there is some specific need, why would you run your own cloud storage infrastructure if an easier option is available? Yes, there is just one-time cost but the cost is not the only reason why you use the mainstream cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox. With this recurring cost there is also security and constant backing up which might not be available when you host your personal cloud storage device. What if you lose the hard drive at home that you have connected to your Lima device? Once your hard disk is gone, all your data will be gone with it.