Cloud Storage Has Turned Into A Throw Down Between Providers

Cloud Storage Has Turned Into A Throw Down Between Providers

The cloud storage battleground has started to really pick up over the past few years. With more providers entering the marketplace and offering a variety of features (most of which are free), it is no wonder that cloud storage providers are conducting a throw down of their own against the competition.

Now with Google’s Drive making its way into the marketplace as well as Microsoft’s SkyDrive, the competition is only going to heat up further. Though there are the bigger cloud storage providers, they are not the only ones out there offering the cloud to private and business users, but for the first-time shopper, it is good to have a little comparison.

DropBox

DropBox is a mature and compelling cloud storage provider that offers users the ability to store, update and retrieve from a variety of platforms and devices. Unfortunately, when it comes to mass storage, DropBox is significantly more expensive than other providers. With DropBox, users can look forward to features that include:

  • Multiple platform
  • Free storage of up to 2GB
  • The ability to upgrade storage in increments of 50GB
  • An unlimited file size capability
  • Public folder features
  • Easy sharing
  • Easy collaboration

Google Drive

Google Drive is basically the big brother of Google Docs. This new feature from Google will allow cloud storage users to update, collaborate and have the same features of Google Docs, but with an application downloaded to their desktop. With Google Drive, users can look forward to features that include:

  • Multiple platforms
  • Free storage of up to 5GB
  • The ability to upgrade storage
  • A file size limit of 10GB
  • Multiple features

SkyDrive

SkyDrive is a cloud storage service provided to users by Microsoft. SkyDrive decided to upgrade and release their new features just one day prior to the launch of Google Drive, but unfortunately their ploy did not work when it came to who got more attention. Even though SkyDrive was low on the media watch list, it does provide cloud storage users a variety of features that include:

  • Multiple platforms
  • Free storage of up to 7GB
  • The ability to upgrade storage
  • A file size limit of 2GB
  • The ability to recover synched files even if the computer has not updated them

Today there are hundreds of cloud storage and cloud computing services to choose from. Users should consider their needs and amount of storage in general. For most users, free cloud storage is more than capable of handling their back up and media storage needs.

By KoriLynn Johnston

About Korilynn

Korilyn has been covering and writing about technology over the past 10 years for a number of popular online trade publications.

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