Found In Cyberspace

Where's that phone number, address, budget, important memo? Everywhere-at least with an online data storage solution.

What will computing look like tomorrow? According to Bill Gates, tomorrow's PC will be a wireless tablet that's the centerpiece of a broadband, always-on network of convenient devices, many of which will be used away from home and the office. The network backbone? Surprise, surprise-it's the Internet.

So where does your 25GB-or, by that time, 250GB-hard drive fit in? How about somewhere out there in cyberspace as part of a Storage Service Provider's (SSP) virtual hard-drive farm? In the past 18 months or so, about a dozen SSPs have popped up to give you megabytes worth of free remote storage-in return, of course, for the opportunity to market your eyeballs off.

Don't worry, we're not yanking your data out of your desktop PC just yet. In fact, that may never happen-entirely. But expect at least a portion of yours and your company's data to start moving "out there"-and soon.

"Your virtual hard drive will eventually become as important as your PC hard drive," predicts Ari Freeman, co-founder of, which, along with companies like Xdrive,, and Driveway, offers 25MB to 300MB or more of free online storage and the opportunity to buy more.

Mike Hogan, Entrepreneur's technology editor, can be contacted at

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This article was originally published in the October 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Found In Cyberspace.

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