If you look at all of the recent marketing hype, you would think that cloud computing is now the answer to every problem.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Although the cloud proves very versatile, there are certain capabilities where the cloud comes up short-take storage, for example.
There are a plethora of cloud storage providers that are fighting for market share, each claiming that they offer faster, better cheaper storage capabilities for a multitude of needs, ranging from archival storage to backup to file sharing capabilities. If you take a look at each of these vendors, most are truly in the world of the cloud, offering browser-based tools to upload, download and share files-which sounds great, at least on the surface.
Recently, I took a look at the various browser-based technologies offered for moving large files in and out of the cloud and came to a conclusion-they all seemed rather slow, especially when compared to available bandwidth offered over my high-speed connection. Delving a little deeper, I came to the conclusion that those browser-based, Ajax-enabled, webdav type tools are rather inefficient. That led me to a question that begged to be answered. How did we move large files around before the cloud? We used FTP.
Now, the real question became, can traditional FTP be compared to the cloud? Simply put, yes!
If you are interested in seeing how FTP stacks up against cloud-based services, take a look at my most recent tests, and you will see that the cloud does not always reign supreme.