You may have solved your storage issues, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting off scot-free. Sometimes, just when you feel you’ve found the best cloud storage solution for you, you suddenly hit a new barrier – slow upload speeds and syncing speeds.
You can’t just go ahead and blame your cloud storage provider though, as there are a lot of reasons for your slow upload speeds. Here are a few tips that would help you speed things up a bit from your end:
Check your bandwidth use.
What else are your working on aside from the cloud upload?
Remember that your upload speed is not applicable per app or program that you’re using. The total speed and bandwidth is divided among all the programs you have running, so better check on anything else running at the same time as this could be dragging your upload speed down.
If you want to upload files faster, stop all other activities that could be eating up your bandwidth. Better yet, time your uploads and syncing at a time when no one and nothing else is using your bandwidth so that you can maximize its speeds.
Check the size of the files.
The larger the file, the longer it takes to upload. This is why it is important to find out the size of the files you’re trying to upload to the cloud so that you can have a general idea of how long it would take for the process to complete.
You could try compressing your files to make the smaller. You can use your operating system’s default program to do this, or use a 3rd party program such as WinRAR or 7-Zip.
Check your distance from the datacenter.
Yes, you’re subscribed to a cloud, which can be virtually accessed from anywhere. However, location still plays a huge role here as every single file you send towards the cloud would have to be stored at physical datacenters located in different areas, depending on how wide your provider’s coverage may be.
Find out where the nearest datacenter is. If you are still experiencing slow upload speeds despite doing everything else from your end, then it’s a possibility that your data is being sent to a location that’s a lot farther that you think.
Learn how to prioritize files.
The more files you’re trying to upload in one go, the heavier the burden and the slower the process becomes. Try to figure out which files are most important and back them up first. If possible, you can do the upload per batch so that you can at least control how much data is being sent at any given time.
As for the less important files, you can always save them for later, or you can keep them in physical storage for now.
Cloud storage is definitely a convenient option when it comes to securing your data. As long as you know what factors affect the speed by which your files are stored, you can do your part in controlling the situation and make things as efficient as possible.