Surprising file sync insights from Canadian data [infographic]
While digging through the data for this infographic I discovered a couple surprising things about how Canadians use file sync.
One of my assumptions was that most people would be using massive amounts of storage for syncing files. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the plan sizes for these services. Hundreds of gigabytes and some are in the terabytes of space. Since the plan sizes are so large I figured so would be the amount of data synced. What this data revealed was that while there were several “power users”, the average person was only using around 12GB of data.
Another surprising result was that 14% of those surveyed said they did not prefer their data to be hosted in their country. I wanted to know why and luckily that was in the data. It turned out that half of that 14% didn’t want their data within their country because they were under the impression that if they were outside of their country they wouldn’t be able to access that data because it was somehow bound within their country’s borders. That seemed odd to me but it kept coming up as a concern.
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This infographic was made by NIRIX.
There is a file sync made specifically for businesses
For all of you that are looking into file sync for your business you will want to make sure you have a look at our oneFileSync. It is made specifically for businesses so you can keep tabs on who has what data and for how long. Things like remote wipe and user management will make any IT admin a little bit less stressed.
Looking for reasons to keep your data in Canada? Make sure to read our thorough post on the American Patriot Act. It will open your eyes to some of the risks business critical data can be exposed to when using cloud services based in the United States.
We collect our own data for these infographics
Once a month we ask Canadians a cloud technology related question. Then we whip up an infographic with their answers. This infographic was made from responses to these two questions:
- December 2014: Do you use a file syncing service at work or home? If so how much data in gigabytes do you sync?
- January 2015: If you were to use a file syncing service, like Dropbox, would you prefer it was based in your country? Why or why not?
If you want to unload your two cents in an upcoming infographic here is the latest monthly question.