Cloud Storage Options To Keep Your Files Online

what_is_the_cloud_storage_options.jpgThe number of cloud storage options eagerly awaiting your data is larger than ever. Cloud-based storage keeps all your files safe and sound in the massive data centers of corporations like Apple and Google. When your files are stored in the cloud, you gain an extra layer of backup protection. You can access your files from any computer that’s connected to the internet, as well as from many mobile platforms.

Let’s compare the different cloud-based storage options on the market today. 

Amazon Cloud Drive

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Storage size: 5GB to 1,000GB
Price: First 5GB free, $1/GB a year thereafter 
File support: All types
Mobile support: Amazon MP3 app for Android

Amazon Cloud Drive offers cloud storage from the popular online retailer. It works on any internet-connected computer and lets you quickly and easily manage your files via any modern web browser. As an added bonus, Amazon Cloud Drive lets you use your Android-based device to listen to any MP3s you’ve uploaded via the Amazon MP3 app. When you buy one MP3 album from Amazon, you automatically get 20GB of Cloud Drive storage for one year for free.

To get started, visit Amazon Cloud Drive.



Box.net

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Storage size: 5GB to unlimited
Price: 5GB for free, 25GB for $9.99/month, 50GB for $19.99/month; business- and enterprise-level accounts extra
File support: All types
Mobile support: Android, iPhone/iPad

Box.net offers advanced cloud storage and collaboration tools for individuals and businesses. It lets you manage your files from any modern web browser and from mobile apps on the iOS and Android platforms. Box.net also features integration with many existing online business software packages.

To get started, visit Box.net.

Dropbox

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Storage size: 2GB to 100GB
Price: 2GB free, 50GB for $9.99/month, 100GB for $19.99/month
File support: All types
Mobile support: Android, iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry

Dropbox gives you cloud storage for all your files. It offers apps for all the major mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry), and it’s compatible with any modern web browser. Programs for your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer will help you automatically upload your files, treating your Dropbox account just like any other folder on your computer. You can even allow certain files to be public, allowing anyone on the internet to download them. 

For more information, check out our guides on how to set up Dropbox and using Dropbox to increase your productivity. Dropbox also has a referral program that gives both you and a friend more space if they sign up using the referral code you provide.

To get started, visit Dropbox.

Google Drive

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Storage size: 5GB to 1TB
Price: First 5GB free; 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, 1TB for $49.99/month
File support: All types
Mobile support: Android, iPhone/iPad

Google Drive gives you 5GB of free storage when you sign up – that’s more than double what competitors like Dropbox offer. If you need additional space, you can buy more for a monthly fee between $2.49 and $49.99. You can use your computer, your browser, and your phone or tablet to access your Google Drive files. You can search and sort your files just like you world on your computer, and Google Drive will even help you search in your text files if you ask it to.

To get started, visit Google Drive’s homepage.

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Adam Holisky is an associate editor at Tecca who works to bring you the best technology content each and every day. Adam also works at AOL as a senior editor for the video game website WoW Insider, part of the Joystiq network. In his spare time, Adam can be found flying around the sky in a nice and cozy Cessna airplane.Tecca is a next-generation personal electronics information and shopping service.
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