20 Cloud Storage Solutions for Small Business

Posted on Jul 17 2017 - 11:07am by John Mason

cloud storage solutionsA small business always has a chance to grow, and for that, it needs to have easy-to-operate and manageable technologies. As such, cloud computing has become attractive to smaller organizations, since it makes it possible to meet demands more quickly and with fewer financial resources.

In addition to decreasing network infrastructure spending, one of the major benefits of using the cloud is the ease of remote access to programs and services. Because all company information is available on the internet, there is no longer a need to install applications on computers and you can connect to the virtual server from anywhere, anytime. Program updates are also made automatically and the information is backed up.

Cloud computing can transform the way companies conduct their business. Cloud computing is considered by many IT experts as a next-generation tool, capable of delivering cheaper, faster, portable and secure operations for large and small businesses.

After all, anyone who works in the field knows that in order to deploy a new solution, the company has to go through a long purchase and deployment process to have the computing resources available, while a cloud provider provides the same resources in a much shorter time. In practice, the implementation of a new system is reduced from months to days.

In this comparison we will organize different key points on each of the cloud storage solutions with all the important data that you need to know.

dropbox

Dropbox

One of the most famous cloud storage solutions is also one of the most robust. Dropbox has little room for storage in the free plan, but the user can expand this capacity. The idea of the company is to encourage people to share the service (each invitation sent, you get more space, for example).

Dropbox is compatible with many systems and facilitates teamwork. The only drawbacks are the lack of tools for direct editing of documents, although the program syncs any edited files, and the inability to use an official app in Windows Phone. The prices of the plans paid are not absurd, but there are better competitors in this regard.

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google drive

Google Drive

Google’s product comes installed on almost every Androids and Chromebooks, making it an easy choice for anyone who already uses other company services. The Google Drive has considerable storage space, automatically syncs photos, has fast functions to share files and a tool for editing documents (text, spreadsheets, and presentations) and complete and intuitive.

Whoever is at a disadvantage is Windows Phone and Linux users, but other systems are taken care of. Google’s security system is very good and the cost-effectiveness of the paid plans are quite considerable and the most recommended service for those who need 100 MB, 1 TB or more of cloud storage.

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one drive

OneDrive

The Microsoft OneDrive is one of the most complete and compensating products for those seeking a free solution. You get a good free amount of GBs to save documents, you have the option to sync photos, you can share several files and edit everything with Microsoft Office in its online version, which is robust but a great buster. It even comes in Windows 10 with a folder of its own so you can save documents much more easily.

The security of OneDrive is enhanced, with the only disadvantage being the incompatibility with the Linux system. The prices of the paid plans are not the best, but it is an option to be considered by those who are also interested in signing the Office 365 package.

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amazon drive

Amazon Drive

Yes, Amazon also thought of users who do not want to invest in storage (or want to test a cloud storage solution) and ensure 5GB of upfront space for new Amazon CloudDrive 10 users. There is no option to increase the space via indication, only through the purchase of a storage space package.

The web interface is nothing special. There are clients for Windows and Mac, but none for Linux.

There are also Amazon CloudDrive apps for Android and iOS devices, Kindle as well as connectors for Amazon FireTV.

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box

Box

The Box is one of the most reliable services in the world, being a well-balanced option in terms of space and security. Again, like some competitors, the disadvantage is the incompatibility with the Linux system, in addition to having the menus only in English. In the free version, you can save individual files of up to 250 MB, but have 10 GB for this.

The plan paid more in account also is not an absurd of expensive, but the available space is of only 100 GB without the option for annual payment.

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Mega

Mega

The Mega 2 storage system became popular quickly (the system is about a year old) on account of its notorious owner, Kim DotCom, the same owner of the famous Megaupload share site, always involved in some scandal to raise The banner of freedom of file sharing.

Mega, as well as Dropbox, allow you to send files from mobile devices through applications for Android, iPhone or Blackberry and also have sync clients for Windows. The Mega team is working on synchronization clients for Linux and Mac right now. Facilitators are always welcome, and the built-in mini-clients for Chrome and Firefox browsers are helpful and facilitate the direct storage of downloaded data from the Internet, downloads, and other files.

The Mega gives the user 50GB free for storage of any types of files. The web interface of the application, as well as the interface for mobile devices, is extremely friendly and well made, with the most modern interactivity features just drag and drop your files into any folder created in the system. Although space is quite generous from the beginning, it is not possible to gain more space in the system or even indicating other users.

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PromptFilePromptFile

Although PromptFile is a very simple site that does not have many features, it offers 250 GB of free storage space without upload or downloads limits.

Files of any type can be sent from the computer via FTP and from a remote URL as long as they are not larger than 5 GB. You can also share files with anyone, even if they do not have a user account, allowing you to stream music and videos without having to download them.

Users report that you can not move files to folders unless you use the Cut and Paste function, so the drag-and-drop function is not supported. Also, it would not be possible to create folders by FTP.

PromptFile can be used without registering an account, but larger restrictions apply to file size and storage limits.

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Hubic

Hubic

With hubiC, you get 25GB of file storage at no cost. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install desktop software to upload files or use the web version. The mobile app can be used with Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

The files and folders can be shared with anyone even if you are not a registered user hubiC. However, they must be set to be available for only 5, 10 or 30 days before the link expires.

With a shared folder, visitors can download multiple files at once by downloading a single ZIP file. You can get up to 50 GB by pointing out other people.

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pcloud

pCloud

PCloud gives you 10 GB of free online storage, and through referrals from friends and other bonuses you can get up to 20 GB. A desktop client can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. There is also a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that are very intuitive and easy to use.

PCloud supports adding files from a remote URL, as well as a single file, and uploading entire folders via a browser. Mobile apps can upload photos and videos directly to your pCloud account. Files and folders can also be shared with other users who do not use the service. Shared folders can even be downloaded as a ZIP file.

In addition, pCloud allows upload links to be generated for your folders, allowing anyone to upload files to your account. A unique email address is also generated, which allows you (or anyone) to send email files directly to a folder in your pCloud account.You can also backup photos from your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and Picasa.

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ADrive

ADrive

The ADrive is little known but has come to prominence in recent years when offered at no cost high storage space. However, now it only allows subscription plans.

With Adrive, you can transfer files via FTP, use a desktop app and the online collaboration feature, and recover old versions of files saved via history. Do not be scared by the absence of gratuity: a number of options of the paid plans are also interesting.

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Bitcasa

Bitcasa also offers an extremely secure service with encrypted files such as Mega. It gives you 20 GB of free space to your users, but you can reach impressive amounts of space for nothing cheap prices.

It is also compatible with most platforms, either desktop or mobile. You can access the Bitcasa website.

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SpiderOak

SpiderOak

To conclude, we have a service that is not as well known here but that stands out for the high level of security and privacy. With the “zero knowledge” system, SpiderOak guarantees that none of your files will be accessed in any way by third parties.

He eliminated the free plan and established few and not very advantageous paid plan options, so choose it only in case you really prioritize the privacy of your data. In addition, this service is incompatible with Windows Phone.

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Copy

Copy

Until you knew Copy 5, you really thought that free cloud storage solutions could not get any better. But Copy came up to surprise. The system leaves absolutely nothing to be desired for its older market companions. With about two years of life, Copy was created by Barracuda. As a form of advertising the company to foster the slogan “We stored like no one.” With free 15GB initials for any new user, Copy has clients for Android, Linux, Mac and Windows and its interface is fairly minimalist on both the computer and the web.

Gaining more space through nominations turns out to be more beneficial than in other systems that practice this mode. For each nominated user who signs up and installs the Copy application, you will gain 5GB of space, meaning more than any other for each indication.

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JustCloud

JustCloud

The JustCloud 6 model is very similar to the others shown in this article, however, the initial space is only 15MB. It really does seem like little, but every month you stay with your active account in the system, you will gain 1GB of space. So in 1 year, you will have 12GB of space, which is sometimes not achieved through indications in other systems. Other ways of getting space are indicated on the tool’s website. JustCloud has standard 256-bit encryption for any type of user account, which makes the security of your files much larger than in some market systems.

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mediafire

MediaFire

The MediaFire 7 storage system was born from an American startup with the same name and eventually became a system used by around 30 million users worldwide. Recently the mobile applications were released, but the users are very well served with standard Windows and Linux clients of the application. The user initially gains 10GB of storage space in a very nice and easy-to-use interface.

The file size limit for the free version of the tool is 200MB per file. The initial space can be increased in several ways: get 2GB of additional space when installing the desktop client, 2GB when installing a client for a mobile device (Android or iPhone), 1GB when connecting MediaFire to your Facebook account and another 1GB per post an “advertisement” of the system in its timeline. By indicating users who register in the system, their space bonus can reach the limit of 32GB.

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Syncplicity

Syncplicity

The storage system with a name that combines synchronization (sync) with simplicity (simplicity) is none other than the company’s security and storage EMC. Only this information already gives enough credibility to be worth the user testing the system.

Initially, the user gains 2GB of storage space. Syncplicity 9 has applications for mobile devices such as Android and iPhone as well as desktop clients for Windows and Mac, unfortunately there is not yet a Linux client yet, but in a technical contact you know the Linux client is in development.

The web version of the system really is quite poor, however the Android version, for is quite rich in details and features.

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wuala

Wuala

Wuala 11 is a Swiss cloud storage system from a Zurich-based company that first wanted to solve its internal storage problems. They partnered with a French company specializing in storages, the Lacie and so were born the storage system provided in several paid plans with large storage capacity and a free plan with 5GB of space initially.

It has clients for android, iPhone, Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Unlike other systems, it does not have a web interface for sending files online. Everything is done through the clients for the most diverse platforms.

The Wuala interface for Linux is very similar to that of any file manager, simple and functional. It is also possible to gain 1GB of additional space for each friend indicated who use the system, but the additional space limit is 10GB.

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Cubby

Cubby

The company that created the LogMeIn remote access application initially created Cubby 12 as an additional feature for customers who had a business or Pro account in LogMeIn. Then the company decided to provide the storage solution separately and was quite right in this choice.

The Cubby has AES 256-bit encryption and gives the user 5GB of initial space, which can be incremented up to 25GB free through the recommendation of friendly users of the system, with 1GB of bonus for each friend indicated to use the system.

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icloud

ICloud

Apple’s service is exclusive to users of Apple products. It’s not possible to use it without linking the account with a device running iOS or Mac OS X via the web, through the PC, just for viewing which is stored in the cloud. However, iPhone and iPad enthusiasts can fully benefit from the many iCloud features.

The Apple product saves almost all of your information in the cloud. Whether it be the contacts, the calendar, the calendar, the photographs or any other documents, everything is properly secured on the servers of Apple. The problem is that all this information consumes a lot of space and you end up having to pay for more if you want to save lots of files.

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Conclusion

Precisely one of the services most used is Dropbox, which offers only 2GB of free cloud space, at the other end is MEGA, the service of Kim DotCom that offers us up to 50GB completely free.

For an average user, the best option is always the one that offers us more free space, since if we want to upload some documents and synchronize the photos of the camera we do sporadically, it is the best option. For professional use, it is certainly best to have a payment plan that can offer up to one terabyte of cloud space. These factors must depend on our choice.

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