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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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Compared to some of its upstart competitors, Google Drive is a household name. It doesn't offer the granular IT controls seen elsewhere, and some users might be underwhelmed by its security features, which encrypt data in motion but not data sitting in storage. Still, the service offers thorough Google Docs integration -- and for many, the appeal of an ecosystem could be a meaningful differentiator. The fact that Google offers a relatively competitive 5 GB of free storage only bolsters the appeal, and power users will appreciate that additional capacity won't break the bank: another 25 GB runs only $2.49 per month, and even 1 TB pushes the cost to only $49.99.

But despite Google Drive's appeal and widespread use, the service faces competition within the larger cloud storage scene and specifically from other ecosystem-driven services. Microsoft's SkyDrive, for example, boasts 7 GB of free storage. It also integrates with Microsoft Office, which is a more essential resource than Google Docs. For Mac users, Apple's iCloud is another option in this space. If offers appealing perks such as the "Find My iPhone" feature and includes 5 GB of free storage -- but its approach is generally consumer-centric, making it fine for photos or music but not necessarily for business use.

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StevenB731
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1/19/2014 | 2:24:53 AM
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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.
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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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