Adobe Looking at Cloud-Sync’d Photo Libraries as the Future?

by on August 22, 2011

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In an interesting post on the Photoshop.com blog, Adobe outlined a significant logistical problem we all endure nowadays due to the number of devices we use to capture, view, edit and share photos . . . and then, hinted at a coming solution.

So, how do we get them all accessible in one place without dealing with the storage limitations of the smaller devices?

Imagine if you could access all the photos you’ve stored on your laptop, tablet device and smartphone, without having to deal with manually syncing all your devices or working around the storage limits of each device. No matter which device is in your hand you see your entire photo library. So those hundreds of photos you took while touring through Italy with your smartphone would also appear in the library on your tablet device and at home on your laptop…just like that.

At Adobe, we’re exploring solutions to get you there. And it should come as no surprise that we will also leverage the power of Photoshop editing technology for quick fixes along the way. -Photoshop.com Blog

This optimistic speculation sure sounds like a cloud storage/sync solution to me.  And, if Adobe happens to pull it off in the grandiose direction that my imagination is running, it could be very cool.

Although, the big question is:  Can Abode or anyone else handle the tons of images that professional and enthusiast photographers produce?  And if the answer is “yes”, how much is it going to cost us?

What’s the most ideal cloud storage and device-sync combination that you can dream up?  What would you be willing to pay for that?

[via John Nack]

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1 Jon Miller August 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I would imagine this could cost a bundle, at the moment I’m trying to deal with 5.6TB of images I have on a NAS system and that is starting to get out of hand as it cannot seem to handle any more images. The main system has 6TB of images online and 5.6TB in an NAS system.
So now I’m thinking of implementing a Tape Backup Unit (TBU) to handle the archiving of images that I deemed “not needed”, however the big drawback is there is no way of knowing what is on the tapes. The only solution I have so far is to mark on each tape the year. However, in the real scheme of things this should be stored off-site for disaster recovery, yet again the cost can be up there. So the real issue that is facing us is:
storage vs cost vs accessibility.

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