Like a tropical region during monsoon season, the internet is ridden with clouds. Whether you’re shopping for personal storage options or have four websites and twice as many employees, you will need to sift through a mind-numbing amount of options for how to protect your data. This article intends to decrease monotonous research time and increase productivity time, because let’s face it – the sooner you back up your irreplaceable Tahitian getaway photos, the better. Read on for a quick review of some of the most trusted cloud storage providers available today.
1. Just Cloud
As the name would imply, this cloud storage provider aims to be straightforward and user friendly while offering all the options you could ever require. With plans for personal and business use, Just Cloud’s pricing starts at $4.95/month for unlimited storage (do note that this is a discounted price for a 2 year commitment, and the full 24 months must be paid upfront). There are options for businesses as well, and on their pricing page you can easily preview your plan based on how many computers you have and how much space you need. Backup time is speedy thanks to Amazon S3 support, and files as large as 5 GB can be uploaded to the cloud. Synchronization across PC and Mac devices is available, as well as 24/7 customer support. If you’re still unsure if Just Cloud is right for you, they offer a free 14-day trial.
2. Zip Cloud
Zip Cloud appears to be very similar to Just Cloud, but with a slightly higher starting price for unlimited storage ($6.95/month). It uses Amazon S3, is compatible with all the same Mac and PC devices, features a simple sign up process and UI, and has comparable upload and download speed. Perhaps the most noticeable distinction is found in its customer support, which is only done online via e-mail. If instant contact is important to you, then the edge goes to Just Cloud. Otherwise, both sites offer affordable and seamlessly integrated cloud storage for personal or business use.
If you begin to comb the comments sections of cloud software reviews, chances are you’ll find plenty of unsolicited user support for SugarSync. It doesn’t offer unlimited storage like the previous two examples, but in contrast to most of its competitors, there is no need to “drag and drop” the files you want to backup; rather, you can simply right click any file and an icon will appear that indicates the file has been synced. Additionally, while you’re in “cloud view,” you can hover your mouse over anything and see whether or not it’s been backed up. Because of efforts made towards swift and easy manual operation, SugarSync seems to be geared towards those who want to keep a closer eye on their content.
4. Google Drive
If you go gaga for Google, then Google Drive might be the best option for you. With reasonable prices and the best sharing and collaboration features around, this cloud storage provider has been gaining steady momentum since its inception in 2012. You can store up to 16 TB (which might as well be unlimited for the average user), backup files up to 10 GB in size (the largest I found in my research), and view files from programs like Photoshop even if you don’t have the program installed on your computer. Google Drive is one of those innovative platforms that offers small business ecommerce solutions, since files can be shared and updated easily by multiple users, so that everyone is on the same page.
Renee Floyd is a prolific writer, visual artist and photographer. She credits her love of innovation and technology to growing up in the Silicon Valley.