We recently surveyed 231 developers and found that more than half of them still store and manage data on the device. Really? In 2014?
With so many apps competing for on-device storage space, this no longer makes sense. And what happens when your users upgrade to a new device?
In the past, the alternative was to invest a lot of time and resources in building a file system on public cloud infrastructure. But now a growing number of cloud storage services have opened APIs to allow developers to integrate plug and play storage.
Why Use A Third-Party Cloud Storage API?
- Speed: Building your own infrastructure takes time. With plug and play APIs, your app can be built in a fraction of the time it would normally take when creating a DIY file system.
- Simplicity: File systems are a complex layer of logic, and building your own is difficult. Cloud storage APIs reduce complexity and make integrating cloud effortless.
- Scalability: Cloud storage removes on-device storage limitations and allows developers to easily increase storage capacity to cater for a rapidly increasing user base.
- Data Accessibility: Removing data from the device ensures user data outlasts the device and is accessible from all future devices that user may purchase.
Sounds great, but what’s the catch?
Most third-party cloud storage APIs are less than ideal. App users are expected to register for the cloud storage provider’s service and are taken away from your application to access their data. All of this leads to a disjointed and confusing brand engagement, and poor user experience. To add insult to injury, the cloud storage service provider then owns and controls your users’ data, so they are less likely to remain a loyal user of your application.
You’re probably starting to think these cloud storage APIs sound problematic – rest assured, we agree. That’s why we’ve created Bitcasa CloudFS, a cloud storage file system that ensures developers can leverage a secure, scalable and flexible set of APIs and quickly and easily integrate cloud storage without sacrificing customer data and user experience.
We know that building an app is hard work, but integrating cloud storage shouldn’t be.
If you’re looking for a way to add storage without sacrificing user experience and user data, you can sign up for a free test Bitcasa CloudFS account at bitcasa.com/cloudfs.