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Cloud services that offer data storage in the cloud

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One of our members ( @aiOrigins ) asked for a reliable cloud service software that uses free accounts, so i went in the line and came to some conclusions:

"Everyone has free options but who offers the most?"

Competitiveness in the cloud storage world is quite large, so many users can not decide which one is right for them. As things now stand, we definitely have a wide choice available and we can opt for any of the services that besides Google are also offering Microsoft with their OneDrive and such services as the very popular Dropbox, Box or SugarSync.

By using these services that gain popularity due to the trend of cloud data migration and the daily need for their accessibility through desktops, tablets, or mobile devices, we can get quite decent prices or no solid amount of space on remote servers.

Of course, not everything in space and the many differences between the services that will be described are the tiny things that are actually dropping out of the keys when the time for the decision to decide which service comes up comes. It is about the existence and quality of a client that is integrated into the operating system and in general about the integration of the service itself into the shell of the OS.

Using more computers or having on one more operating system can play a significant role because some services are provided by the client and for multiple systems while others are usually limited to Windows. If you have the intent to use the cloud exclusively for data storage, this might not seem as important as in that case, the amount of space you get and under what conditions.

A feature that is also important for all types of user needs is the maximum file size that can be uploaded at once and the existence or absence of restrictions on download speeds or uploads.

Considering the services mentioned here, at first glance there will seem to be many similarities between them, but after some time of work and discovering their capabilities you will be able to decide for one that is quite customary, which will mostly depend on it what you will use the cloud service.

Let's see what they offer from options: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box and SugarSync ...


Dropbox

We will first consider the well-known Dropbox that will have to make a step forward with new competition, but Dropbox is still popular among a growing number of users. When you sign up for a gift service you get 2GB of space that can be increased in a variety of ways, free of charge.

To get a bonus right away, you need to do a few things right after which you will be better acquainted with the service itself, including connecting multiple computers, file sharing, and the like.

The amount of space can be extended by additional lease so there are packages of additional 50 or 100 GB. The first cost $ 9.99 and the other $ 19.99 a month. The maximum file size we can upload to a server at a time here is not limited to what is not a surprise given the amount of initial space we get, but it may be relevant if you decide to buy additional space.

This 2 GB free registration is certainly not a big deal, especially when we look at some of the competitors (like OneDrive), but Dropbox's charm is actually in other things. One of these things is very simple data synchronization. Once you complete the registration form, you will have the ability to download a client that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS, which makes it a fairly stable platform for Dropbox integrating.

As for mobile devices, they are not forgotten so there are Android, iPad / iPhone, BlackBerry apps and mobile versions of the web site for all other devices that have Internet access. After installing the client on the system, you will see the icon representing the client and provide a quick insight into the remaining amount of space, view the newly uploaded files, open the Dropbox folder, and inspect the synchronization process where you can quickly see how much data has been uploaded to the server and how much remains to be transferred .

It is a fact that when installing a client, if you do not change the value manually, a new folder will be created within the folder named Dropbox. All the files and folders that you move to that folder other than the local disk will start automatically syncing with the remote server and you will notice the green tick when the process is completed.

As far as content sharing is concerned, it is designed to specify a folder within the Dropbox folder that you set for her and others to access and add, delete, and more. Also, you can share everything within this folder with others even though there is no Dropbox account, using an outbound link that is generated on demand.

The main features of Dropbox are therefore a very good organization and comprehensive integration and ease of use while the lack of a relatively small amount of free space.


OneDrive

In the battlefield for delivering cloud storage services to which Dropbox was dominated, Microsoft also joined its Skydrive, which is now called OneDrive. But with the arrival of Google Drive as a serious competitor, other "contestants" have been made to improve their offer.

Microsoft arrived in the race with its SkyDrive, which in the beginning gave each one a generous 25 GB of free space, so that up to the beginning of 2016, with the change of name in OneDrive, Microsoft offered free 15GB of storage, and today, OneDrive can hold only 5GB data, and with a $ 2 charge for a total of 50GB of space.

All you have to do is sign up for SkyDrive service via your Live account, or the one you use for example, signing up for Hotmail. What Microsoft did not do then did not have any desktop client like Dropbox, which made any kind of more serious synchronization inaccessible.

All uploads would be made through a web browser from a specially designed interface that did not look bad, but there was no way to upload multiple folders at once, but first you had to create a new folder and then set it within the desired file.

For these reasons, the huge amount of space offered by the service, OneDrive was mostly used as storage, backup. But, as mentioned things did not remain the same. Microsoft has made this required client and Windows desktop, Mac OS, Android (there is still no Linux version that is not surprising).

Unfortunately, with this add-on, space was also cut so the new subscribers who were signing up for the service were given free 7 GB of space, which was still much more than Dropbox's 2 GB.

In addition to the OneDrive client, there are no mobile applications available for iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone and general access to mobile devices that have the ability to connect to the Internet. Windows 8 and 10 users have OneDrive installed in the operating system itself.

What OneDrive additionally points out is the ability to work with Office applications directly from the web browser. Through online interfaces, you can create a new document, edit existing or simply upload from your PC and share it with others. In addition to pure sharing, team work is also supported, so it is possible for a group of authors to edit the same Excel document at one time.

There is also support for ODF format (Open Document Format), which is often used in LibreOffice and PDF support. With its service palette, Microsoft has made the competition aware that the thoughts are seriously thrown into the field of high-quality cloud synchronization and storage, not just the latter.

Obviously, for all the gains it was necessary to cut the space so new users start with 5 GB, and everyone has the option of upgrading at an additional 50 GB for $ 2 a month.


Box

Box is a service that is somewhat different than the one mentioned so far. Differences in certain aspects are even bigger because it is a service that fights on businesses and professional use. The emphasis is on sharing, and editing documents. The Box is based on the web and we can say that the site is very well-structured and even those who are not too techno-conscious they can be used in a simple way.

What Box offers is to start three types of bills. The first is designed for Personal, another Business and third Enterprise IT. A few months ago, Box occasionally had a lot of action to give everyone who downloaded an Android application with a massive 50 GB space that could be kept after the action expired.

Now by signing in to the Box service you will get the initial 10GB for free and for personal use, so in Personal Edition. Business offers 1000 GB while Enterprise has no limitations. What's bad about it and even for those who have used the promotional opportunity is the maximum file size that can be uploaded and which amounts to only 250 MB (up to 5 GB at extra cost). If it's a business tariff the maximum size is 10 GB, and surprisingly the same applies to Enterprise IT.

In addition to the above mentioned Android app, there is support for the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, as well as the standard in mobile web service cloud services. As you may have noticed so far, given the size of the content that can be uploaded, the Box is unlikely to be the first choice for storing backups.

The box has other goals set and it does have a lot of tools. One group serves to share files that are very widespread and necessary in the circles that the Box targets. It is about setting up parameters for the files we want to share which will determine who can see this data and what it can do with them.

So it's possible to set permissions to determine whether a particular user can change, delete or just browse a user. If we go back to the three mentioned tariffs, let us take a look at the prices. Personal tariffs are, of course, free, but at the same time they offer the smallest number of features and will be used by individuals to upload and store reasonably large files.

Business option costs $ 10 per month for a 100Gb space plan, pertaining to one user. In addition to the size of a 5Gb uploadable file, Business offers a password protection when sharing this higher upload speed along with integration with Google Apps, desktop sync, various statistics, indicators, etc. Finally, the Enterprise IT tariff does not have a defined price, you have to arrange it by contacting the persons in charge.


SugarSync

SugarSync is also one of the popular services that impresses its capabilities. The whole service is quite rich in features that we might not think at first glance as the web access seems quite simplified compared to other services, even Dropbox.

Also, the service is quite well-spread across all platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, Kindle Fire and of course mobile websites. By looking at the list of supported platforms, we can say that SugarSync has definitely the widest circle, and for whom this very important feature should consider this service.

SugarSync is not free as a competitor, it only offers a free trial of 30 days, and from the offered paid options you get 100GB for $ 7.49 a month, 250 GB for $ 9.99 and 500 GB for $ 18.95 a month. This will be the biggest minus of this service to many, but it is positive that there is an unlimited maximum file size that we can upload. Once you sign up for the service, you have the option of downloading a free client.

Through it you can choose which folders you will sync and then become available from anywhere you have access to SugarSync. This service also has a slightly different approach to file synchronization because for each computer we want to add to the sync list, we can choose which folder to sync.

Also during installation you will notice a new folder named Magic Briefcase. The point with this map is that all the files you put in will automatically be synced on all computers, while for other folders it only applies to local computers. One very useful option provided by SugarSync is to make a versioning.

Although there are separate tools that serve exactly that, SugarSync makes it automated. The thing is, if you have a specific document to change, the last five changes to that document will be remembered, and if something goes wrong, the mistake can still be corrected.

Other features include MP3 streaming, which includes uploading your files and listening to them, for example, on iPhone, even while other computers are shut down because the stream runs from the server. Also in the web interface is an integrated and classic media player where you can arrange your own play list.

There is also an option to automatically save attachments from emails by forwarding the message to your SugarSync account, which will save all files to a separate folder.


Google Drive

We will also include chronologically the last challenger in this category, the challenger who started the race in his own style. As we will see, many things are similar to other services, but the advantage of Google Drive is at the very beginning that Google is the one that has many of its candidate products to incorporate them into Drive and so improve each other.

As with all services, you must first sign up for this with Google Account. Unlike lesser-known services, which in terms of Google's reputation includes everything, many Drive users are expected to be clean because most of them already have an open account.

Taking this into consideration is seldom who will give up 15 GB of space that Drive offers for 0 coins. Of course, like other services, Drive can also be expanded for 100 GB at monthly of $ 2 and 1000 GB of $ 10. As we can see, a fair amount of paid space is offered, so for those who need 1 TB, they have this option.

While many services can in many ways be using referrals or promo actions to increase these amounts, Google has kept these fixed values. As an additional reward for Drive and additional packages, you will also increase the size of space you have in *****. Anyway, the good thing in one hand is that the maximum file size that can be transferred is 5 GB, which is not unlimited but still over 2 GB of OneDrive and 250 MB of Box.

The client is supported on Windows machines and Mac OS. After installing it, it was simply not possible to notice the similarity with the Dropbox client, it is difficult to find the icon and find the difference.

Whether they are similar or not, the client is doing just what he needs. In addition, there is support for both Android and mobile websites, as well as support for the iPad and iPhone. Of course, as mentioned, the main advantage of Google in this area is to unite other Drive services.

This refers to Google Docs that are literally embedded in Drive and can work and are automatically saved in the cloud. The principle of this principle is also the sharing of these documents and it is possible at any time to divide a particular document table, presentations with specific people and get feedback back.

Google also has OCR capabilities, that is, the ability to recognize text from an image (such as a scanned document) that is embedded in an existing search engine for better organization of documents that you save on Drive.

What I like most about Google Drive is that you can drag and drop files in the Drive Web site and they will automatically load. You can also view ***** attachments on Google Drive and burn those files in your cloud. Impressive and ease of installation when you already have a google account.



If you have additional available information, write me a comment

and

forgive me in my English, it's not the best





 

InternetRulezWeDo

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I would think the goal is obvious..to help people,or am I missing something?? If you don't like it,look away. Carry on.
Since you asked, you're missing the fact that I stated my intent of asking a genuine question. Other than that misunderstanding, you seem to be overlooking the fact that I contributed to the post by sharing a search engine link to several fine comparisons of cloud drives. ✌
 

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Since you asked, you're missing the fact that I stated my intent of asking a genuine question. Other than that misunderstanding, you seem to be overlooking the fact that I contributed to the post by sharing a search engine link to several fine comparisons of cloud drives. ✌
I didn't ask anything.
 

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your english is fine, even better then mine i guess.... but never the less, good article for some who arent into the cloud stuff yet (like me, i still want all my data close to me on a HD or CD/DVD) Still i think 'Stacks' (i hope its correct) is missing in your article. Anyway, time to up all my movies and games isos to the cloud and save me up some space again....tkx
 

aiOrigins

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your english is fine, even better then mine i guess.... but never the less, good article for some who arent into the cloud stuff yet (like me, i still want all my data close to me on a HD or CD/DVD) Still i think 'Stacks' (i hope its correct) is missing in your article. Anyway, time to up all my movies and games isos to the cloud and save me up some space again....tkx

By saying stacks do you mean to say OpenStack?
 

00Proteus00

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Since you asked, you're missing the fact that I stated my intent of asking a genuine question. Other than that misunderstanding, you seem to be overlooking the fact that I contributed to the post by sharing a search engine link to several fine comparisons of cloud drives. ✌
Technically, hidden outside links are a no-no.
 
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