The Best Cloud Storage Products – Which One Should You Pick?
Back in the day, we used to brag about the size of our hard drives and with good reason: they were the only way we had to store everything we had on our computers. Sure, the concept of having an online backup existed, but no one was backing up their entire system online. It was impractical, and, when it wasn’t, it was expensive. These days, cloud storage is big business, and rightfully so. Because we live in a world of laptops, notebooks, and tablets and less a world of desktop dinosaurs, having a go-to for cloud storage, whether it’s a free cloud storage provider or a paid one, is a necessity. Let’s look at the main contenders.
If you have a Gmail account, you have a Google Drive account, which is 15 GB of space you can use for whatever you want. This sounds like a lot, and is, but remember: Google Drive storage includes the storage in your Gmail account, your Google Photos account, and more. Within the cloud storage offering, Google Drive users will find a suite of programs akin to the familiar Microsoft Suite, which makes Google Drive a great option for those who work on distributed teams who tend to collaborate in the cloud, especially since Google Drive’s litany of services and applications includes file synchronization. If you need more storage, adding onto your existing Google Drive storage is inexpensive: an extra 100 GB will cost you only $1.99/mo.
Like Google Drive, iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud synchronization platform. For iPhone users, this usually means that storage can get freed up on their mobile devices by backing up certain things, like photos, in the cloud. Like Google Drive, iCloud offers its users the ability to store and share files in their cloud with whomever they want, while also seamlessly backing up important everyday information, like contact lists and reminders. Purchasing additional storage space on iCloud is an option, but it is more expensive than Google Drive.
Like Google Drive, and iCloud, Dropbox offers storage, synchronization, and sharing services. Like Google Drive, Dropbox features a variety of applications and suite-type services to make your work life a breeze. Dropbox accounts come with 2 GB of storage for free, with the capacity to purchase more storage: $9.99/month offers you a gigantic 1TB of storage. That sounds great, except due to Dropbox’s dearth of options in terms of tiers, there isn’t a lot of options between “have a little storage” and “have a whole lot.”
Still, more is better than less, and it merits mention that it was Dropbox’s creator who invented the synchronization model often used and boasted about by cloud storage providers. If any platform is meant to facilitate workflows between various users on various differing operating systems, Dropbox is.