7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
November 15, 2012 11:06 AM You have a multitude of cloud storage choices beyond Dropbox, for enterprise and personal use. But make sure you understand the differences.
OpenDrive: Catering To Needs Of All Sizes
OpenDrive offers file syncing, online backup, and a variety of options for tasks of all sizes.
At the low end, the basic plan provides 5 GB of free storage for a single account and supports files of up to 100 MB. The base package caps daily bandwidth at 1 GB and limits transfer speeds to 200 KB/second -- enough to fit many needs but certainly not up to power user standards. For somewhat more demanding needs, the company also offers a Home plan that removes speed caps, allows three users, boosts capacity to 100 GB, supports files as large as 1 GB and ups the daily bandwidth allotment to 25 GB. As a monthly subscription, the Home version runs $5, but if a customer commits to a full year OpenDrive charges only $50. An Office option, meanwhile, provides 500 GB of storage for as many as five users and can transfer 3 GB files. Budgeted for 100 GB of bandwidth per day, the Office version runs $15 per month, or $150 per year.
The Pro plan sits farther up the scale. It offers 1 TB of cloud space, can use 250 GB of bandwidth per day, and supports up to seven users. With the ability to transfer single packages as large as 5 GB, it also qualifies as a legitimate big-file solution. Users pay $25 per month, or $250 per year. Unlike many competitors, OpenDrive also allows customers to build custom plans.
All plans include file encryption, unlimited direct linking, and automated syncing and backup. The paid versions offer additional customer support perks, IT user profile controls, and data-recovery features.