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10 Cloud Storage Options For Your Personal Files

There are many cloud service providers, and choosing the right one for your personal and business needs can be tricky. Here's a look at what the top vendors have to offer.
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Google Drive 
Anyone with a Google account can access Google Drive, the search giant's multifaceted cloud platform, which offers a built-in word processor, presentation tool, and spreadsheet app, among other features. If you already have a Google account, setup is a breeze.
Users get 15 GB of free Drive storage space upfront. This sounds like plenty, until you learn the 15 GB is shared across all the Google services you use. This includes your overflowing Gmail inbox, any documents created in Drive, and pictures automatically uploaded to Google+.
The productivity tools are handy. Users can quickly save email attachments to Drive or edit documents originally created in a different program, including Microsoft Word. Google Photos is also built into the Drive platform, and Drive will back up your pictures onto its Photo tool.
Drive gives you control over which folders are synced to your various PCs and laptops, a useful feature for separating business and personal files or on-the-go editing. 
On mobile devices, you can opt to make files created in Google Drive available offline. These can be edited and later synced to the cloud when you have Internet access.
For enterprise users, the business-friendly Google Drive for Work provides enhanced control, security, and collaboration capabilities. Unlimited cloud storage is available for $10 a month per user and supports files as large as 5 TB. Businesses can access team reports and real-time user stats, manage connected devices, and adjust security settings.
Google Drive is available on the Web as a desktop app for Macs and PCs and as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
(Image: Google)

Google Drive

Anyone with a Google account can access Google Drive, the search giant's multifaceted cloud platform, which offers a built-in word processor, presentation tool, and spreadsheet app, among other features. If you already have a Google account, setup is a breeze.

Users get 15 GB of free Drive storage space upfront. This sounds like plenty, until you learn the 15 GB is shared across all the Google services you use. This includes your overflowing Gmail inbox, any documents created in Drive, and pictures automatically uploaded to Google+.

The productivity tools are handy. Users can quickly save email attachments to Drive or edit documents originally created in a different program, including Microsoft Word. Google Photos is also built into the Drive platform, and Drive will back up your pictures onto its Photo tool.

Drive gives you control over which folders are synced to your various PCs and laptops, a useful feature for separating business and personal files or on-the-go editing.

On mobile devices, you can opt to make files created in Google Drive available offline. These can be edited and later synced to the cloud when you have Internet access.

For enterprise users, the business-friendly Google Drive for Work provides enhanced control, security, and collaboration capabilities. Unlimited cloud storage is available for $10 a month per user and supports files as large as 5 TB. Businesses can access team reports and real-time user stats, manage connected devices, and adjust security settings.

Google Drive is available on the Web as a desktop app for Macs and PCs and as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

(Image: Google)

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Technocrati
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9/21/2015 | 8:42:21 PM
Saving the Best for Almost Last ?

Oh Geez !   It just keeps getting better.   I just now saw MEGA and it's 50G of storage for free !    Now that brings a smile to my face !   I am going to spread the wealth around between Copy and Mega !

 

This was a pleasant surprise indeed.

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9/21/2015 | 8:31:15 PM
Re: Lots of options, but it depends on the user

OneDrive does seem like a decent option, but not something I am too excited to get tied up with. 

I might try it one of these days though.

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9/21/2015 | 8:27:22 PM
Document Overload ? Copy Might Just Be the Answer

This was a really timely piece Kelly.   I was just thinking I need to have a better Cloud solution than I have now.  I am using Google's Cloud but it can be annoying at times, so I am going to give Copy a try thanks to you informing me of it's existence.

I plan to use it for documents primarily and I think it might just be the hassle free solution I was looking for !

 

Thanks !

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9/21/2015 | 3:10:32 PM
Lots of options, but it depends on the user
Glad to see some new entrants in this area, and while I personally have access to more traditional services like iCloud and OneDrive, I'm still a heavy dropbox user.  For me, although it is a paid service, after having dropbox for several years, for me it does exactly what I need it to do and works across platforms flawlessly.  I find it's also easier to share files as many folks I know might not have access to other services (although yes, they could simply download from the link) so it makes collaboration easier.

For organizations, I definitely see Box picking up steam, although heavy Microsoft users definitely benefit from the free services with OneDrive.
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