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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Perhaps better known as a security firm, Comodo actually makes the distinction between backup and storage. It offers free, downloadable software that enables backups to a diverse list of possible storage locations, including network drives, DVDs, online sites, and more.
Comodo also offers 5 GB of free cloud storage, and premium plans ranging from 250 GB for just under $100 a year to 1 TB for just under $200 a year. Comodo Backup could appeal to users that want the option of copying specific data sources to physical media as well as to online storage. A fairly robust feature set gives power users control over the who, what, when, where, and how of their backups. Be aware, though, that this is a true backup-and-storage platform--it won't likely suit the needs of groups looking for collaboration or mobility tools, too.
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.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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