Cloud computing is one of the most popular buzz words nowadays. Putting your data on the cloud means syncing your data to Internet servers making it travel with you, where ever you can access the internet. It also means you do not have to rely on physical media, or worry about backups, as the cloud services take care of your data themselves. But you would require a fast internet connection to take advantage of on the fly sync capabilites. Any changes you make to your data would then be reflected immediately on the Cloud, meaning you can just work with your files and not have to worry about saving them on a portable hard disk, USB, emailing it to yourself, uploading to file sharing services and network backups.
Syncplicity is a file sharing service that gives you 2 GB of space for free to store and sync your files. If you want more space, you can get a paid plan for 40 GB or more as well. The reason we’ve chosen to use Syncplicity is it’s ease of use. Let’s get started with the tutorial:
After you’re done with the usual sign up process, you’ll have to download the Syncplicity client. You don’t need this client to access your files from anywhere or upload them, but to synch them from your own personal computer, it’s a very handy utility.
Once you’re done downloading it, launch the setup. When it’s finished you’ll be presented with a the Syncplicity Installation Wizard, which will link your computer to your Syncplicity account.
Fill in the information and click next.
For tutorial purposes we’ll chose the second option as it gives you complete control over what you want to sync. Click next, and then click finish.
Now the Syncplicity client will open up. It looks so pretty you might mistake it for a part of Windows Vista itself.
Here you can select any folder you want and change it’s label. The folder can also be setup to either sync with the server or just be backed up. You can even share it with who ever you would want to, with ‘read only’ or ‘read and write’ rights. That person wouldn’t necessarily have to install the client to access your shared files.
You might be concerned that only a handful of folders are showing up as for sync and share. But there’s an ‘Add a new folder’ link in the left sidebar and at the bottom that would let you add any other folder you want to.
After clicking ok, Syncplicity will immediately start syncing/backing up your files. The Detailed Status of the sync progress can be seen from the sidebar link.
Or in the system tray, which is one of it’s coolest features. I haven’t seen any other application take advantage of Vista’s new and detailed system tray notifications yet, apart from the volume, network and power options built into Vista itself.
Another killer option in Syncplicity is the fact that you can edit the files you upload using other Web 2.0 services. Love Facebook? You can sync any photo you want between Facebook and Syncplicity. Want to edit a document? Use Zoho or Google Docs. Or edit your images using Picnik. This saves you the hassle of downloading them just to edit them and then upload them again. The following services are supported and can be enabled and disabled according to your will.
The services can be toggled on or off from the client as well.
But wait, what if you’re not at home and need to access your files from the cloud? Just log on to the Syncplicity website and navigate to My Files in the header. There’s a fully working explorer built in the website, allowing you to navigate through your files as if you were at home, and letting you upload and download them as well. You can also edit your files using the Web Applications right from the website.
This comprehensive review + tutorial should get you going on the cloud. I would highly suggest you to use it as a better alternative then physical media.