These days computing trend is shifting towards the Internet. With the introduction of cloud storage and cloud servers, users are increasingly moving towards the Cloud Storage and it has become an easier way to backup all your important data & files online where you can access them from anywhere in the world using an Internet connection.
Best of all, with Cloud Storage you can always rest assured that you have a ready backup of your crucial files should anything happen to your computer.
Cloud storage is a model of networked enterprise storage where data is stored not only in the user’s computer, but in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties and can be accessed from any computer over the internet.
There are many free and paid Cloud storage service providers where you can select them according to your need. Each Cloud Storage Provider have their own applications which can be used on Windows, MAC or Linux Operating Systems and even on iOS, Windows and Android Smartphone Operating Systems.
Here are 6 of the best known cloud storage services currently on offering:
Google Drive is a file storage service provided by Google Inc that is now integrated with the former Google Docs meaning that with it you can create, store and share your documents, spread sheets, presentations as well as upload files and photos from your mobile device and or computer.
You can edit your files in the Google drive itself collaborate with your team mates on any given file. It comes with an initial free 5GB of cloud space to start with. There are different plans to increase your cloud storage capacity from 25 GB to 16 TB. The Maximum file size allowed in Google Drive is 10 GB. Google Drive is available for PC and Mac, Chrome OS, Android devices, iPhone and iPad.
Dropbox is another well known and popular cloud storage provider in the present market. which was started in the year 2007. With it you can store your documents, photos and just about any file
In Dropbox you get 2 GB of Cloud space to start with and you can also increase it up to 18 GB by referring your friends, colleagues, etc (500 MB per referral). There is no file size limit to the files uploaded to Dropbox via the desktop application or mobile application and files you upload through the website must be 300 MB or less. You can also opt to purchase more storage when need comes.
File sharing options are available on Dropbox as well as folder sharing where you and a number of invited parties can have a common shared folder synced across all your devices. This feature is quite handy in a departmental set up where regularly updated files can be stored for easy access to anyone whose dropbox account is linked to that folder.
The Dropbox application is available for PC, Mac, iOS, Android and can also be accessed through the browser.
SkyDrive is a file hosting service offered by Microsoft where users can upload their files and Sync to cloud storage.The Initial release of SkyDrive is on August 1, 2007 and the Stable release is on August 14th 2012. SkyDrive offers 7 GB of free cloud storage space to start with.
You can also purchase additional storage if need be. As a direct counter against Google Docs merger with Drive, Microsoft added office web apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note to SkyDrive, making it possible to create, edit and share Microsoft documents within your browser. SkyDrive allows up to 2GB single file size uploads which can be done via the SkyDrive desktop application.
Amazon Cloud Drive is a web storage service where you can store your important documents, Photos, Videos, and many more. This Service is provided by Amazon Inc and was started on March 29 2011. Amazon Cloud Drive provides 5 GB of cloud storage to start with and you can also increase the space by purchasing additional space, i.e 1 additional GB costs 1 USD per year.
The Amazon Cloud Drive supports a maximum file size up to 2 GB. If you purchase any song or MP3 from the Amazon store it is automatically stored on your cloud drive. The Amazon Cloud Drive supports a music application called Cloud Player where you can play all the music which is stored in your cloud drive from any PC or from your mobile phone through an internet connection.
iCloud is a Cloud storage service which is provided by Apple Inc. This service started on October 12 2011. iCloud allows users to store data, Music, iOS applications and many more. This service provides 5 GB of cloud storage to start with for users who own iOS or Mac devices.
The Maximum file size allowed in iCloud is 25MB for free users and 250MB for paid users. You can purchase additional space if need be. This service also allows users to back-up their iOS devices to iCloud. iCloud storage supports OS X, Microsoft Windows, and iOS.
Box is an online file storage and cloud management service. This service started in the year 2005. Box provides 5 GB of Free cloud storage to start with and you can also add additional space by purchasing it according to your needs.
The maximum file size allowed is 25MB. This service has an app available for mobile devices on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
So which one do you prefer?