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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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Some users need cloud storage for archival purposes instead of day-to-day productivity. For these requirements, Amazon Glacier, a recent addition to the widely harnessed Amazon Web Services portfolio, might fit the bill. The cost is certainly appealing: Storage starts at only a penny per GB per month, and though it is slightly more expensive to transfer stored data back out of the cloud, the total expense is quite modest. Security is also formidable, with 256-bit encryption. Amazon claims 99.999999999% of stored bytes will be maintained without incident, and thanks to constant system checks and multisite redundancy, even files that become corrupted should be salvageable.

If other cloud services are the digital equivalents of briefcases, then Glacier is a storage locker. That is, in terms of capacity, it's tough to beat -- but it's not always convenient. Archived data can take hours to summon -- a far cry from the instantaneous, on-the-go access offered elsewhere. So while it won't appeal to everyone, Glacier offers an intriguing way to handle files that are important but rarely accessed. The service is a natural fit for legal records, media clips and anything else that needs to be preserved for compliance reasons or "what-if" scenarios.

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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.
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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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