Five Best Cloud Storage Providers

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Five Best Cloud Storage Providers


Free cloud storage is easy to come by these day, but the best cloud storage providers give you more than just storage. They offer high availability, multi-platform support, security options and app integration. This week we’re going to look at five of the best cloud storage providers on the market today, thanks to your nominations.


Dropbox


covered Dropbox and services that support it extensivelyour tricksgettingspacecheck out the paid plans here

Google Drive


incorporateswith the right plugins, it can be even more powerful than other servicesgo here to check out Google’s other plans

SkyDrive


with 7GB of storage

SugarSync


5GB for freethe pricing plans

Bitcasa Infinite Drive


infinite storage for $US99/yearr

We have to give an honourable mention this week to everyone who suggested you Do It Yourself, using a NAS or other storage device at home packed with disks and any free software that lets you access them anywhere you go from any computer whether you’re on your home network or off of it. It’s easy to roll your own cloud storage solution with tools such OwnCloud, or simply by giving your NAS locked down access to the internet so you can get to your files when you’re away.

Another honourable mention this week goes out to Box (formerly Box.net), which barely missed the top five, and earned strong praise from many of you for offering up to 50GB of free space to new users. Box walks the line between being a consumer-friendly storage and syncing solution and an enterprise-level document management service.

Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your personal favourite, even if it wasn’t included in the list?

Comments

  • Another DIY option is using Amazon S3, which is what most of these services use in the back end anyway. Gives you a lot of flexibility as there’s plenty of tools out there for syncing with S3 (like goodsync), or even mounting S3 as a drive (like transmit).

    Interestingly, looking at a cost comparison, once you move beyond the free tiers of other providers like dropbox, the cost savings of using S3 will fluctuate depending on your usage. The lowest premium dropbox plan is $9.99 for 100GB, which will actually cost you $9.95 in the cheapest zones on S3. The difference is with dropbox you’ll pay $9.99 if you’re using 100GB or 5GB, so if you’re needs are anywhere below 100GB S3 gets increasingly cheaper.

  • No mention of copy.com ? They match Dropbox feature for feature, offer more space (15GB) to start with (and are currently giving away 5GB for each referral) and the usage of shared files is deducted evenly from everyone sharing the file (12GB of files shared between 4 users will cost each user only 3GB)

    Use my referral code to get 5GB extra when you sign up: https://copy.com?r=3kGgzL

  • I have been mostly happy with SkyDrive as i do use Windows 8 and Office 2013 so the integration is useful. My only complaint with the Desktop App is that you can’t choose which folders you want to sync. There is a work-around. Someone created a plug-in to allow this functionality but it isn’t perfect (can’t track sync progress properly). Hopefully this is resolved in the next release.

  • Although a little different than these, adeptCloud is the only truly private cloud storage option that actually let’s you share with anyone (even if they aren’t in your company!) And since it uses your hard drive locally instead of their servers, your storage is UNLIMITED! Check it out: https://adeptcloud.com

  • Well, I am a Dropbox fan, even using it as a backbone for a primitive – but hugely effective – family messaging system with AutoHotKey – but here’s a cautionary tale:

    In a moment of madness I once used Dropbox to transfer a few photos of .. umm.. prurient interest..? And then of course, deleted them from Dropbox. ie. the Dropbox web site, so they were gone,gone,gone.
    Or so I thought.
    Like some Poe nightmare story, those pics kept reappearing in my Dropbox and just would not stay deleted.
    It was only when I de-registered all seven of my Dropbox devices AND deleted them again from the Dropbox site did they actually finally disappear.
    Be warned.

    Also surprised that Box did not get higher billing. Seems to work pretty well, but it does have some non-intuitive edges, I guess…

  • I use Backupthat.com for my cloud storage and it works great! It is all web based so it doesn’t slow down my computer and it gives me unlimited storage for free.

  • I’d like something that can be used to both sync with a file server AND be accessible from apps like CloudOn on mobile devices (as DropBox/SkyDrive/GoogleDrive et al are). I don’t see where the overlap is there with turnkey solutions.

  • I found that a new cloud storage webside called copy is providing a really great service. They have a great desktop client app as well as mobile apps for iOs and Android. Also, 15 GB of storage space is free!

    If you like to check it out, sing in and receive 20 GB (instead of standard 15 GB) you can use the referral link:

    https://copy.com?r=wK6EjL

  • For me, it has always been Google Drive for the win. This is because it provides a huge amount of data storage capacity and you can buy even more if you need at a very minimal price. It has also been very stable so far since the day I started using it until now. I can also drag and drop my files easily from my desktop and access it elsewhere anytime and anywhere.

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