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7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options

You have a multitude of cloud storage choices beyond Dropbox, for enterprise and personal use. But make sure you understand the differences.
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ShareFile, which is owned by Citrix, doesn't appear cost-competitive at first glance: Its basic plan provides only 5 GB of storage for a monthly fee of $29.95, and even its corporate plan, which runs $99.95 per month, offers only 20 GB. The enterprise-level product, which is priced on an individual basis, appears similarly stingy with a mere 100 GB capacity.

ShareFile, though, isn't aiming to be a catch-all repository for files of all kinds; the service instead targets users who need to move particularly large files quickly and who value security and personalized customer service.

ShareFile can store file up to 10 GB, imposes no expiration dates on file hosting, and offers syncing designed to handle multiple employees simultaneously working in the same cloud-based storage folder. It also includes numerous administrator controls, including granular user-permissions tools, settings for optional file expiration dates, and the ability to audit and remotely wipe lost or stolen mobile devices. Like most cloud storage services, ShareFile facilities mobile access for iOS and Android devices -- but unlike many of its competitors, it supports Windows and BlackBerry smartphones as well.

The service also offers a plug-in that allows users to upload, send, and request files directly through Outlook. The plug-in can embed links to stored files into emails, and it permits email attachments to be routed through ShareFile rather than the internal email server.

On the security front, ShareFile encrypts data not only when it's in transit but also, unlike some of its competitors, while it's at rest. Its data center is locked down, with biometric authentication required for access to all entrances and exits, and the company employs redundant off-site monitoring to reduce the risk of data loss. Customer service offerings, meanwhile, include a dedicated account manager to help with system set up and support.

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StevenB731
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1/19/2014 | 2:24:53 AM
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anon8745406970
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7/10/2013 | 9:53:09 PM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
You should add companies like http://www.backupthat.com to the list. They're really the way cloud storage is going in a post-NSA world. It uses a distributed cloud system using multiple secure email accounts to store all of your files. I've stored over 500GB at this point.
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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11/18/2012 | 4:21:07 PM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
Unfortunate choice of article format. I can't use it and because of that, I will not see or be able to click on your ads / sponsors. Please (re) consider you options.
eminkler925
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eminkler925,
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11/17/2012 | 12:48:47 AM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
I setup my own cload using Seagate GOFlex Net & GoFlex Home.
4 Terabytes of storage accessable from any one of my devices
(mobile/fixed).
I am a developer and store my *exe and assoc. data on the GoFlex
"EdsCafe".

Note: I am waiting for the Win 8 Surface Tablet yhen I will be in "Heaven"
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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11/16/2012 | 5:41:59 PM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
I thought iCloud was about backup, but I was at an Apple store the other night and a genius pointed out that only a limited amount of data is (like contacts) is backed up in the cloud. The services is mainly about SYNCHRONIZING, not backing up, all your Apple devices. I'm not expert on the topic, but investigate before you assume you are safe. I use Apple's Time Machine to back up my Mac Book Pro. -- Doug Henschen
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ANON1242661523478,
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11/15/2012 | 6:27:11 PM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
Spideroak is one that was missed here. They offer great security, sharing capability, and a great price. They are also compatible with windows and macs (I don't know about Linux). I haven't seen anyone else with the same feature set at this price.
Shane
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Shane,
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11/15/2012 | 5:20:53 PM
re: 7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
IDriveSync is another cloud storage service available to users looking to share files between machines, or with friends. If offers 256-bit AES encryption, Visual Sharing to e-mail/Facebook contacts, as well as easy public links to files. Users can get a free 10GB account (25GB for .edu users) or $150GB for $4.95/mo.
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