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.
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