The post below is another example of the way that active (powered) storage is seen as the answer to almost every computing problem. I am concerned, though about the long-term impact of such approaches.
As time progresses, and more digital data accumulates, presumably an ever increasing amount of powered storage will be required. There are essentially tow solutions to this: get more of the same, or upgrade to devices with larger capacities. Both approaches have environmental and sustainability issues. “More of the same” will require an ever increasing amount of power to keep all those discs spinning. “Swap for bigger” will result in increasing quantity of discarded hardware.
So far I don’t see anything from these cloud-storage startups to address such issues. And that’s not even considering what happens to the data if/when these companies go out of business or change priorities.