Confused by the many cloud storage services out there? Here, we take a closer look at 12 cloud storage services that you can deploy for work and play.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Amazon Cloud Drive provides 5GB of free storage, which can be accessed from a Web browser. Files are uploaded from a software client from Amazon that is available for Windows, OS X, iOS or Android devices – including the company’s Kindle Fire family of tablets. The Amazon Cloud Drive service is relatively basic at this stage, though the price of additional storage space is relatively reasonable. Several tiers of storage space upgrades are offering by the company: $10/year for 20GB, $25/year for 50GB, $50/year for 100GB or $100/year for 200GB.
Designed for easy sharing of files and video streaming, Bitcasa stands out for its support for multiple mobile platforms such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone, on top of Windows and OS X. The service is free, with 20GB of storage for up to three devices. Paid options offer support for up to five devices, and range from $10/month for 1TB of storage for the Premium plan, to $49/month for 5TB of storage for the Pro plan. The most interesting feature, though, is definitely its Infinite plan, which offers infinite storage for $99/month. The service offers 180-day file version history for the paid version, or 30-day file history for the free version.
Box offers business-centric capabilities in the form of fine-grained, content management level access controls and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee. Data can be synchronized with Windows and OS X computers, with support for Android and iOS devices. Features such as two-factor authentication, Web access and sharing of files are baked in from the lowest tiers of service, while granular permission and access statistics are available for the Starter paid package. The Personal plan offers 10GB of free storage, or $10/month for up to 100GB, while Starter offers a range of permissions and 100GB of storage for $5/user/month. The Business plan starts at $15/user/month from a base of 1TB of data storage.
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Twelve Cloud Storage Services for Work and Play