As we have seen in previous articles, I’ve been looking at what we might call Personal Cloud Databases. There are many Cloud Data tools out there. I found a review article here, and then looked at these and other alternatives.
- ZOHO Creator – 3 apps free. $15/mo basic plan.
- Dabble DB – free public data. $24/mo for private data. Very cool concepts.
- Web Office – $53/mo includes data.
- Google Docs – Free. No database. Spreadsheet only.
- BaseCamp – No free option. Starts at $24/mo.
- Windows Azure – Clearly not personal. Impossible to tell what it would cost.
And there are more, mostly pitched at small businesses and enterprises, and expensive. At least very expensive compared with Blogging or Photo Galleries. So my question is: Why are database tools so expensive compared with Blogging and Photo tools, which are usually free or almost free? The reason I believe is Open Source.
I think there is a very interesting opportunity for a platform, like WordPress for personal data tables.