The market for cloud solutions is becoming increasingly competitive. The amount of data will grow to 2.16 zettabytes worldwide this year, according to IDC. Today, Desktop drives come with storage capacities of as much as 4TB. But it’s more convenient to store your data in the cloud.
Nowadays, most storage solutions are working with specific data and tasks (documents storage, backup solutions, music storage etc.). Tens of them are really popular among users. Hundreds are available for all your needs (check-out the Comparison of online backup services table by Wikipedia). Below you can find a small review of the most popular clouds.
Amazon Cloud Drive
A good choice if you’re using Amazon products – such as Kindle. You can get 5GB for free, there is an app for iPhone and Android, and solutions for PC and Mac.
Best choice for Apple users. You can create a backup copy of all of your necessary files on your Mac and iOS devices, and after that synchronize it when you want. The main point is that iCloud was mainly created for mobile devices and you cannot upload certain files that are not supported by their system. You can get 5GB for free as well. After that you can upgrade to 10, 20 or even 50 GBs. The application is working not only on Mac, but on PC as well.
This service was created by the Ubuntu developers as you can understand. But it can work with Windows desktops and Mac. The available storage for free – 5 GB (music stream is included). Each following 20GB will cost you $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year. If you need cloud storage and you’re an Ubuntu user, then your choice is made.
Google has just lowered their monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB and even more, if you need. Google explains how big a terabyre of storage is: “That’s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things”. Also the 15GB plan remains free. The storage will share across Drive, Gmail and Google+.
This User friendly service was created mainly for synchronizing files across several desktops and mobile devices. 2GB is available for free (but actually different promotion campaigns (like bring your friend to the service) can give you a chance to enlarge your free space). The next plan is 100GB for $9.99 per month, 500GB for $49.99 per month. After that you can upgrade to Dropbox for business – up to 5 users with unlimited space for $15 for each user per month.
One of the oldest cloud solutions. 10GB is available for free. You can upgrade to 100GB for $10. After that the prices vary with the number of people engaged. Box was created mainly for enterprise-clients, as you can integrate your profiles with Salesforce and Google Apps. But at the moment it’s available for all interested users.
Microsoft has developed the earlier version of OneDrive for many years (it was called SkyDrive). Today OneDrive is integrated with Windows 8. The functionality of this service is quite wide – synchronization of data between different desktops, possible editing of the docs online with the help of Office Web Apps. You can get 7GB for free.
Earlier Mozy was available only for the backup of the files without the function of synchronization across desktops and devices, but later this function was added. Mozy is not the right cloud if you need to edit the docs and to share them. But if you want to make a copy of your hard drive – then it’s a right choice. There is no free storage plans. 10GB will cost you $9.99 per month.
The service was launched by the former employers of Mastercard, VeriSign, Classmates.com and the mentioned above Mozy. You can get unlimited free space for $10 per month. If you don’t need unlimited space and don’t want to pay then you have a choice of 10GB for free. Bitcasa has a plugin for Chrome that gives the user an opportunity to put into the cloud any content which you have browsed.