A recent phenomenon in the world of file storage, cloud technology has made it easier than ever for people to store, manage and share files without having to rely on a bulky, expensive server. Cloud storage involves storing files in a secure online location, and is perfect for any small or medium-sized business who wants to save money on storing their files. Files stored on the cloud can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, and is seen as being easier and cheaper to use than a server. A number of cloud storage service providers have entered this growing market, but which one is the best?
Google Drive is one of the newest entrants into this market, and hope that their reputation will mark them out as the premier providers of cloud storage solutions. For free accounts, they offer 5GB of storage, but for 20GB or more, they charge a monthly rate of around US $2.49, with 16TB of storage space costing a far more expensive $800 per month. If you use Google Docs, they don’t count towards your storage total. They offer a reasonably priced service, with more free space than some of their rivals, but privacy is an issue.
A more established provider is Egnyte, and their Hybrid Cloud solution uses both online capacity and Network Attached Storage (NAS). Their service is perfect for businesses who want to access their files as and when they need to, although it isn’t compatible with all NAS vendors, but they are working on correcting that. Their service is available for $24.99 per month to $12.99 per user per month with a minimum of 25 users, although they do offer a free 15 day trial to take a look at the service.
One of its larger rivals is Dropbox, who offer a decent free service. Their ‘Free’ plan allows for up to 18GB of space depending on the amount of referrals you give to friends about their service, but their paid-for packages offer up to 500GB for at least $9.99 per month. Their more expensive packages, despite good amounts of space don’t offer value for money like their rivals.