Safety and performance. Those are often the trade-offs with external storage, since having a disk nearby speeds up access, but increases the risk of failure or damage or theft. Moving your data into the cloud is safer, since there are typically multiple managed backups, but moving larger files can take forever. Blending both of these is a good idea, and we’re starting to see more and more devices come with cloud options.
Akitio’s Cloud Hybrid 1 Bay also blends network-attached storage with direct-attached storage, since you can plug into the device with either ethernet or USB 3.0 (you can only use one at a time though). There aren’t Thunderbolt or wireless options on this model, but we haven’t found wireless network storage to work all that well, and Thunderbolt isn’t widely available or supported (and is still quite expensive). Speaking of costs, this is a very value-focused enclosure, as it comes without a hard drive included, and costs a remarkably inexpensive $100 or so. [read]