Getting Started With Cloud Storage Solutions
Most people have used cloud storage before in some aspect, whether it was due to a computer crash or needing to share a larger file with a friend. Cloud storage services have gained a lot of popularity in last decade due to their convenience and the high value they provide.
Chances are that you’ve used Google Drive or Dropbox before when you were in a pinch, but there are numerous cloud storage solutions out there, each with their own specific benefits.
Benefits of Cloud Storage
Cloud storage comes with several clear benefits and storing data on the cloud has some huge advantages over physical drives including:
- Low cost – Most services operate on a freemium model, or free with an option to upgrade to premium. What this means is that the layperson can use the product for free, but there is an option to pay for additional functionality or services as needed.
- Flexibility – You can access and modify information from anywhere
- Reliability and stability – You can’t lose or break the drive
- Scalability – If you need more space then you can upgrade more easily than would be the case if you had to buy a new drive.
- Ease of use – You don’t need to have any specific technical knowledge to operate cloud storage.
That level of accessibility has given cloud storage providers a huge advantage over other more traditional storage options.
Cloud Solutions – Main Players
There are a few main players that have captured large market shares for various reasons. Each product has its own differentiating factors, which are important to understand when making a long-term choice.
- Collaboration features of Google Drive
- Compatibility of Dropbox
- Integration with the product into the product like Apple’s iCloud
Cloud Storage Costs
As mentioned above, most cloud storage solutions operate on a freemium model that allows you to test out the products for free up to a certain storage limit. If you are running a small-business or have a higher personal need, you may decide to pay of additional storage.
The pay barrier could range from 2GB to 15GB depending on the service, and once you hit this point you are usually charged a monthly fee for additional storage. The per month charge is generally around £7.99 per TB.
As with any product space, there are a wide variety of options to choose from and it is important to determine your exact need before moving forward with a certain cloud solution, as it can be a hassle to transfer your data from one service to another.
That being said, you’ll find them all to be more convenient than a traditional physical drive.
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