Dropbox, Box, iCloud, and now, Google Drive, have the most familiar names. But many alternative services satisfy a variety of storage, backup, and file-sharing needs.
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Smaller businesses that want to pay for storage rather than for users will like Carbonite's flat-rate pricing. Their BusinessPremier plan, for example, offers 500 GB for $599 per year, with no limit on the number of computers or users. It also includes support for NAS, external hard drive, and Windows Server backups. Storage can be added in 50 GB increments beyond that; that said, Carbonite's really going after individuals and smaller business environments; large enterprises and SMBs anticipating explosive growth may want to look elsewhere.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?