Overview of 15+ cloud data storage
Cloud storage (eng. Cloud storage) is an online storage model in which data is stored on numerous servers distributed over the network that are provided for use to customers, mainly by third parties. Unlike the storage model on its own dedicated servers, purchased or rented specifically for such purposes, the number or any internal structure of the servers to the client is generally not visible. Data is stored and processed in the so-called "cloud", which is, from the point of view of the client, one large virtual server. Physically, such servers can be located remotely from each other geographically, up to location on different continents.
If you are tired of running between work and home with a flash drive, carrying a laptop with the right files all the time, and you want your important files to be available to you or your team on any computer or mobile device, then cloud storage can help you.
The list of the most famous cloud data storage includes: Dropbox, firstname.lastname@example.org, Yandex.Disk, Box, microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.
Cloud data storage
1. Google Drive
Google Drive is a popular cloud storage that allows users to store their data on servers in the cloud and share it with other users on the Internet. Once activated, replaces Google Docs. In fact, they took Google Docs to work with documents, transformed it into a cloud service and added free space. The service can store not only documents, but also photos, music, videos, and many other files - only 30 types. But in general, everything is very convenient and familiar to users of Google-services.
Each Google Drive user is provided with free 15Gb of space (this offer by Google exceeds standard Dropbox terms, for example).
If the allocated volume is not enough, you can purchase an additional up to 30 TB:
- 100 GB $ 1.99
- 1 TB $ 9.99
- 10 TB $ 99.99
- 20 TB $ 199.99
- 30 TB $ 299.99
In addition to accessing the service through a web interface, it is possible to access via clients for Windows, Mac OS and Android, iOS.
Google Drive website: https://drive.google.com
OneDrive - Microsoft SkyDrive, renamed February 2014, based on the cloud-based organization of an online file storage service with file sharing functions. By the way, SkyDrive was created in August 2007 by Microsoft. Now OneDrive is one of the flagships of cloud storage.
The advantage of the OneDrive service is that it is immediately integrated with Office 365, so you can create, edit, save Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word files directly from Windows Live OneDrive directly from the application.
The OneDrive service allows you to store 5 GB of data for free at the moment (although 15 GB was previously offered) in a streamlined manner using standard folders. For images there is a preview in the form of thumbnails, as well as the ability to view them in the form of slides.
OneDrive provides the following packages:
- Free: 5 GB - free;
- Basic: 50 GB - $ 1.99 per month;
OneDrive + Office 365:
- Personal: 1 TB for 1 user - $ 6.99 per month;
- Home: 1 TB for each of 5 users - $ 69.99 per month;
As noted on the OneDrive website, this is not just a name change, but also several new features, such as:
- automatic backup camera for Android;
- the ability to share and view videos as easily as photos;
- for each invited friend you can get up to 5 GB for free (500 MB);
- + 3 GB free just for backup from the camera;
- updated, more flexible tariff plans.
Microsoft OneDrive website: http://onedrive.com
Dropbox is a cloud-based data store that allows users to store their data on servers in the cloud and share it with other users on the Internet. His work is built on data synchronization.
Base Dropbox account - 2 GB - for free;
- Reliable backup, access from anywhere, easy sharing
Advanced - 1 TB (1,000 GB) - € 9.99 per month;
- All the features of the Base Dropbox account, as well as: additional access control, remote data erasure
Dropbox for Business - 12 € / user / month
- As much space as you need, unlimited file recovery, file access control, priority technical support, 14 days trial for free
It may seem that 2 GB of disk space is not enough, Dropbox has a whole range of FREE ways, besides paid ones, with the help of which you can try to increase this space from 2 GB to 48 GB:
- +500 MB for an invited friend (up to 16 GB);
- To get 48 GB of free disk space, you need to complete 7 steps:
- view a dropbox review;
- install the Dropbox program on your computer;
- put files in the Dropbox folder;
- install Dropbox on other computers that you use;
- share with friends and colleagues;
- Invite your friends to Dropbox;
- install the Dropbox program on your mobile device;
But! And that is not all! Dropbox actively cooperates with a variety of brands and sites through which you can get more free space.
- Owners of HTC Sense 3.5 and 3.6 can get up to 3 GB for one year.
- Owners of HTC Sense 4.0 and Sense 4+ can get up to 23 GB for two years.
Attention! Conditions for receiving additional space in Dropbox may vary, so watch out for Dropbox announcements.
The Dropbox app can be downloaded and installed on a PC, Mac, Linux or mobile device. One of the main advantages of Dropbox is ease and intuitiveness in use - you just need to upload files to the Dropbox folder, share it, if you want, or synchronize it with the necessary device. Unlike the main competitors, when working with Dropbox, the edited files are not completely copied to the server — only the modified part that was previously compressed is transferred. It is believed that this fact largely explains the well-known efficiency of working with Dropbox, compared with peers.
Dropbox allows the user to place files on remote servers using a client or using a web interface through a browser. Although the main focus of the technology is on synchronization and information sharing, Dropbox keeps a download history so that after deleting files from the server it is possible to recover data. There is also a file change history, which is available for the last 30 days, except for the “Pack-Rat” file of the unlimited history of file change.
Disadvantages of Dropbox
The main drawback of Dropbox is the approach to selecting folders for synchronization. In fact, the application monitors the contents of only one folder - Dropbox.
In addition, in July 2014, in his interview to The Guardian, famous Edward Snowden made a statement that could significantly undermine the credibility of Dropbox. In particular, he said that Dropbox does not fully take care of the privacy of user data and even directly participates in the global PRISM surveillance system.
PRISM is a US state program - a set of activities carried out for the purpose of mass unofficial collection of information transmitted over telecommunication networks, adopted by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2007 as a replacement for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, formally classified as completely secret. (Wikipedia)
However, not all security experts agree with this statement. In addition, the use of Dropbox in conjunction with BoxCryptor, which securely encrypts files before synchronizing them with the cloud, ensures the confidentiality of data in Dropbox.
Another important drawback is that the extra gigabytes on Dropbox, as a rule, have an expiration date. And it may happen that at some point, your Dropbox will become crowded, because all quotas will end.
Dropbox site: http://www.dropbox.com
Mega (MEGA Encrypted Global Access) - the ambitious cloud file sharing service of Kim Dotcom (Kim Dotcom), the founder of the legendary Megaupload.
Chip Mega: encrypts all content directly in the browser using the AES algorithm; Users can transfer files to each other in encrypted form, with all data stored in the "cloud"; Access keys to files are not published in the public domain, but are distributed in a Friend-to-Friend scheme between users trusting each other.
It is noteworthy that Mega immediately started with free 50 GB (!), In addition, it is possible to significantly expand in paid packages: 4 TB in, $ 8.33 / month.
According to the provided disk space and its cost, Mega can certainly be called one of the most profitable cloud services, besides, the important difference between Mega and other similar services is privacy, because Mega is positioned as a service that protects the user's personal data. However, there are still some flaws, in particular, Mega is losing to other flagships of cloud storage in sync with different devices. But despite this, Mega has a great future.
At the moment the action is valid: if you buy a paid package for a year, then 2 months is free.
Site Mega: https://mega.co.nz
Yandex.Disk is a free cloud service from Yandex, allowing users to store their data on servers in the cloud and transfer them to other users on the Internet. Work is built on the synchronization of data between different devices. Currently, user registration is available to everyone. Earlier, before the launch of Yandex. Disk, the function of storing user files on Yandex was performed by the Yandex.Narod service.
Initially, Yandex.Disk provides about 10GB forever.
Paid cloud service packages Yandex.Disk:
- +10 GB - 30 rubles per month or 300 rubles per year
- +100 GB - 150 rubles per month or 1500 rubles per year
- +1 Tb - 900 rubles per month or 9000 rubles per year
In addition, there is a bonus extra space:
- + up to 10 GB for the listed friends (512 MB for each friend)
- + up to 50 GB per share with partners - they change, you need to follow the news.
In addition, Yandex.Disk can act as a cloud service, integrating into the office suite Microsoft Office 2013, and recently it has become possible to automatically upload photos and video files from digital cameras and external storage media to Yandex. Disk. In this case, the user is provided with an additional 32 GB of space for half a year.
Site Yandex.Disk: http://disk.yandex.ru
The official website Copy.com reported that unfortunately, on May 1, 2016, the service Copy.com will be closed.
Copy.com is a new competitor to Dropbox, a promising newcomer to cloud storage. The functionality is almost identical to Dropbox, but initially it immediately gives you 15 GB of free disk space (+ 5GB if you click on the link), you can still add free disk space using different features (for example, referral links). In addition, because The developer of this service is the Barracuda Networks company, whose activity is data protection, good security and data protection is announced.
Another advantage of Copy.com can be noted beautiful and intuitive interface; cross-platform service - there are applications for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and Windows Phone; There is no limit on the size of the file being downloaded.
Copy.com offers such tariff plans:
- Free - 15 GB (can be expanded by various actions up to 22 GB);
- Pro 250 - 250 GB $ 9.99 / month or $ 99 / year;
- Pro 500 - 500 GB $ 14.99 / month or $ 149 / year;
Gopy.com website: https://www.copy.com
Cloud@mail.ru is a new and very promising cloud storage of data from the Mail.Ru Group company, allowing users to store their data in the cloud and synchronize data on different devices, as well as share it with other users. Service opened relatively recently - in the late summer of 2013.
Chip Cloud@mail.ru is a large amount of disk space provided for free. Users can immediately get free 25 GB of cloud storage.
You can use the cloud not only through the web interface, but through desktop (for Windows and Mac OS) and mobile applications for Android and iOS. For the most advanced users, a special client is made under Linux.
A feature available from the very beginning in mobile applications is autoloading photos from a phone. If this function is enabled, all photos taken with the device instantly appear in the "Cloud".
In addition, because the service is still new, then we are waiting for new functional features!
Cloud@mail.ru website: https://cloud.mail.ru
Bitcasa is a cloud data storage that allows you to store an unlimited amount of your information. The long-awaited release came out of beta in 2013. Bitcasa was founded by former employees of Mastercard, VeriSign, Classmates.com and Mozy. And this means that the creators of the service are familiar with the solutions for backing up data online, as well as with tools that ensure the safety of storing user files.
The idea of the service is to provide everyone with unlimited space for cloud storage. As for security, Bitcasa performs encryption on the user's side, and all data is transferred to the “cloud” in an encrypted form. According to the creators, none of the company's employees can access the user data.
Another convenient feature is the built-in video player, so you can watch, for example, movies anywhere, including from a mobile device without installing a video player.
Bitcasa is designed for the most popular operating systems so that all users, regardless of the gadget fleet, can access their files. The Bitcasa client appeared in the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, and is also available to owners of computers running OS X, Windows and Linux.
After registration, free 5 GB is available, in addition there are paid packages:
- 1TB - $ 10 per month;
- 10 TB - $ 99 per month;
Bitcasa website: http://bitcasa.com
9. Yunpan 360
Yunpan 360 is a Chinese cloud data storage, which initially provides 36 Terabytes (!) For free and forever. In addition, this disk space can also be increased, there are users who have more than 100 Terabytes on Yunpan 360.
Thus, all other cloud data storage is fading away from such amounts of disk space. However, why is Yunpan 360 so poorly known outside of China? The answer is simple - Yunpan 360 is only in Chinese so far, not even the English version, not to mention other languages.
However, for the insistent there is the Russian-speaking community http://yunpan.ru, which tells in detail how to use this Chinese miracle
Yunpan 360 website: http://yunpan.360.cn
4shared - cloud file sharing hosting.
Basic free registration allows you to upload up to 10 GB to your account. After registration is confirmed by e-mail, the volume increases to 15 GB. Premium users have 100 GB at their disposal.
After the file is successfully downloaded, the user receives a unique link through which others can later download this file. All uploaded files are saved for 180 days since the last visit to your account. Premium user files are saved for the duration of the account. The user interface of the service looks similar to Windows Explorer.
4shared website: http://www.4shared.com
SugarSync is a cloud-based data store that stores documents, files, photos, and music. Prices start at $ 9.99 per month. To appreciate the benefits of SugarSync, there is a 30-day free trial for all paid packages. To interact with the service, a convenient client program is used, versions of which exist not only for Windows and Mac, but also for Android, iPhone, Symbian. The number of synchronized devices is not limited.
The main difference between SugarSync and Dropbox is that it synchronizes the folders that the user specifies.
Since February 2014, I have switched exclusively to paid data storage packages:
- 100 GB - $ 9.99 per month or $ 74.99 per year;
- 250 GB - $ 24.99 per month or $ 99.99 per year;
- 500 GB - $ 39.99 per month or $ 249.99 per year;
- 1000 GB - $ 55 per month or $ 550.99 per year;
SugarSync website: https://www.sugarsync.com
Box.net is a cloud data storage that allows you to store your files online, as well as work together on them.
The advantages of Box.net are the ability to view office documents on your own, as well as the ability to share files or folders for colleagues directly from your mobile. In addition, developers were able to integrate Android native search into the application, making the search for files faster and more accurate.
Box.net offers four packages - one free and three paid:
- Personal - for free: 5 GB is provided for 1 user, the limit on the size of the downloaded file is 250 MB;
- Starter - 4 € per month: from 3 to 10 users, 1 GB is provided, the limit on the size of the downloaded file is 2 GB;
- Business- € 12 per month: at least 3 users, the disk capacity is unlimited, but the limit on the size of the downloaded file is 5GB;
- Enterprise - the cost varies by the number of users and the desired disk size.
Box.net website: http://box.net
iDrive is the perfect tool for online backup with a high level of privacy. If you want to keep a copy of important documents on a cloud server, then iDrive is what you are looking for. Using it is simple: download iDrive software, launch the application and select folders for synchronization.
Backup can be done from your PC-computers, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android devices on the same account. Pretty high level of data security. Transfer and store files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on servers
5 GB disk storage quota is provided free of charge.
- Free - 5 GB - forever;
- 1 TB - $ 44.62 per year;
- 10 TB - $ 374.62 per year;
- 250 GB - $ 74.62 per year;
- 500 GB - $ 149.62 per year;
- 1.25 TB - $ 374.62 per year;
IDrive website: http://www.idrive.com
iFolder is distributed free with open source file sync program. iFolder is a good software for a small team that is comfortable working on its own server. This way you make sure that only members of the group have access to your personal files.
IFolder (RusFolder) website: http://rusfolder.com
The Russian-translated website OpenDrive promises a standard set of features with 5 GB of free user space (with a limit of 100 MB per file), but one feature draws attention: the ability of the user to set the price for the files he has uploaded. Want to download - pay. Not without interest option, in some cases it may be quite useful.
OpenDrive website: http://www.opendrive.com
Syncplicity is a software suite for data synchronization in cross-platform environments. 2 GB disk quota for 1 user and two computers is provided free of charge. Paid packages start at $ 15. per month.
One of the advantages of Syncplicity is that there is no need to keep both computers turned on at all, synchronization occurs after switching on. The disadvantage of the program is the lack of a Russian interface and help.
Syncplicity also has tight integration with some online services. For example, you can upload photos to albums on Facebook by simply copying them to specific folders on your PC. Also, integration with Google office suite looks quite interesting: any document created in Google Docs will appear in the selected folder on your computer, and vice versa. Thus, the file is edited both locally using Microsoft Office and online.
Syncplicity website: http://www.syncplicity.com
MediaFire - online data storage, file sharing. In this cloud service, the emphasis is placed on the storage and sharing of media files (music, video, photos).
Conveniently, MediaFire is both for the web and for desktop and mobile applications with a friendly interface. You can safely recommend MediaFire as a good alternative to other cloud services, in particular, Dropbox.
MediaFire provides such packages:
- Free: 10 GB, there is advertising.
- Pro $ 2.49 per month: 1 TB, no ads, limit 20 GB in one file, direct links to files, etc.
- Business $ 24.99 per month: more than 100 TB, no ads, a limit of 20 GB in one file, direct links to files, etc.
MediaFire website: http://www.mediafire.com
It is possible to synchronize an unlimited amount of data between computers, bypassing the cloud. That is, you can not use free 5 gigabytes in the cloud at all. In some cases, a very convenient thing.
When registering give 25 GB and + 5GB per referral, you can get up to 25 GB.
Cubby website: https://www.cubby.com
Free 50 GB.
ADrive website: http://www.adrive.com
Store your files online in a personal and secure space. Either upload your documents to your online space.
When registering give 25 GB and + 5GB per referral, you can get up to 50 GB.
Download / download speeds are good.
The web interface is a bit slow.
Applications are under Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Hubic website: https://hubic.com