After a major upgrade of our computer system, internal business policy restrictions prevented the installation of a cloud- or web-based storage account for individual use. This naturally led to an investigation of the legal, business and ethical implications of such accounts.
There are many different service providers available, such as Dropbox, Windows Live Mesh, SpiderOak, SugarSync, iCloud, Box and Wuala. Each of these services provides an interface program that permits the transfer and management of data via the Internet to and from remote data centers that contain multiple servers and massive amounts of computer data storage (i.e., hard disk drives).
The other main consideration is record-keeping and version control. There is no “tracking” of a file that is dragged-and-dropped to virtual storage from a desktop or mobile device. Finding security breaches or simply reconstructing past events becomes difficult.