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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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OpenDrive offers file syncing, online backup, and a variety of options for tasks of all sizes.

At the low end, the basic plan provides 5 GB of free storage for a single account and supports files of up to 100 MB. The base package caps daily bandwidth at 1 GB and limits transfer speeds to 200 KB/second -- enough to fit many needs but certainly not up to power user standards. For somewhat more demanding needs, the company also offers a Home plan that removes speed caps, allows three users, boosts capacity to 100 GB, supports files as large as 1 GB and ups the daily bandwidth allotment to 25 GB. As a monthly subscription, the Home version runs $5, but if a customer commits to a full year OpenDrive charges only $50. An Office option, meanwhile, provides 500 GB of storage for as many as five users and can transfer 3 GB files. Budgeted for 100 GB of bandwidth per day, the Office version runs $15 per month, or $150 per year.

The Pro plan sits farther up the scale. It offers 1 TB of cloud space, can use 250 GB of bandwidth per day, and supports up to seven users. With the ability to transfer single packages as large as 5 GB, it also qualifies as a legitimate big-file solution. Users pay $25 per month, or $250 per year. Unlike many competitors, OpenDrive also allows customers to build custom plans.

All plans include file encryption, unlimited direct linking, and automated syncing and backup. The paid versions offer additional customer support perks, IT user profile controls, and data-recovery features.

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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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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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