3 MAJOR PLAYERS IN CLOUD STORAGE

18 May 2016 | By Jimmy

Topics: Cloud Storage


Cloud storage has rapidly gained popularity in the past decade and today, it is an integral part of online life.Though criticised for concerns about privacy and security, cloud storage is here to stay. At this point, we think it is best to get to know major players in the cloud storage market.

Cloud storage or online data storage has rapidly gained popularity in the past decade and today, it is an integral part of online life. The term cloud computing in its current context was first used in 2006 by Eric Schmidt, the then CEO of Google. It marked the beginning of this historic shift that is reshaping the economics of the IT arena. Though criticised for concerns about privacy and security, cloud storage is here for the long haul. At this point, we think it is best to get to know major players in the cloud storage market.

Dropbox

 and uploads and downloads secured with SSL. It is a highly compatible, rock solid, no frills cloud storage service that sets the benchmark for rest of the competition.  AES 256-bit encryptionIntroduced in 2007, Dropbox remains the leader in cloud storage. They stand out in the cloud crowd as Dropbox is one of the few services that cover all major operating systems including Linux and Blackberry. The free account gives you 2GB storage and there is a 1TB plan at £7.99 per month. They also offer 500MB free storage for every successful referral you make. Dropbox lets you create a local folder that syncs online. With the pro version, you can set permissions, passwords and expiration for shared links. Stored files are secured withDrop box has been highly lauded by major names in media including PC Magazine and The Washington Post for its user friendliness and simplicity in design.

Microsoft OneDrive

Though Microsoft was very generous with storage space when they first introduced OneDrive, it now offers a basic account with 5GB free storage and 1TB for paid Office 365 subscribers. The upside is mainly the modern user interface design with clean lines, typical of Microsoft. There is also a remote access feature that lets you access files through the OneDrive website. The social element lets you share files easily with your colleagues. In contrast to Dropbox, the basic version also lets you set file permissions.But beware before uploading copyrighted or explicit content; Microsoft scans all uploads for these.

Google Drive

Similar to how OneDrive connects into Microsoft products, Google Drive is the cloud storage service that links all the assorted online services currently offered by Google. When you sign up for a Google account, you get 15GB cloud storage by default. This means you already have a Google Drive account if you use Gmail. You get 100GB additional storage space for two years when you purchase a Chromebook and similar offers also come with some Android phones. One added advantage of Google Drive is the real-time document collaboration through Google Docs cloud application. At present, the Google Drive clients are available only for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Similar to OneDrive, selective syncing is available in Google Drive also. True to Google’s preference for minimalist user experience, the interface is easy to navigate and smart. If you are a Google loyalist, no second thoughts are needed in opting for Google Drive as your cloud storage service.

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