The topic of online, or cloud, storage, solutions keeps popping up in my social media news feed, in groups, and when talking to clients or prospects. I keep hearing questions like “What do you use for online storage?” or “What is the best online storage platform for storing large files?”
Personally, I use Dropbox. I’ve used it for years, and it’s worked very well for me. However, it’s really a matter of personal preference. I prefer Dropbox. My husband prefers Microsoft OneDrive. Several people I know use Amazon S3. Different platforms, for different people, for different reasons. There are several, so I thought I’d share the most popular.
Dropbox: I’ve used it for years. Starting with the free version, earning extra storage when I’d refer someone else, and then expanding to the paid version of $9.99 per month for 2T of storage. What I love about Dropbox, is the ability to access my files on all of my computers and devices, or on the web from any computer. In fact, I now store ALL of my files in Dropbox, instead of in the MyDocuments folder on my computer. Dropbox creates an offline folder on my computer, but also stores all of my files in the cloud – like a backup, so I don’t have to worry about my computer crashing. It’s great for creating shared folders with clients, team members, organizations, and just about anyone. You get 2Gigs of space with the free version, 2T of space with Plus, @ $9.99 per month. The business plan starts at $12.99 for 5T and up to 3 users. You can view the comparison of the business plans here.
Microsoft OneDrive: As I said, my husband loves OneDrive. I’m not sure why, but he does. He and I argue about it a lot. However, despite being a Microsoft product, the storage platform is very similar to Dropbox, in that you can access the platform from multiple devices. OneDrive is included with Office 365, and has four different plans you can compare here.With all the online storage options available, which is the best option for you?
Amazon S3: Amazon S3 is very popular with some of my clients for storing large video or audio files. It’s very reasonably priced (can be as low as pennies per month), and is great for storing files that will be accessed via a link in a newsletter, on a website, or wherever. Here is a link to Amazon S3’s semi-complex (but reasonable) pricing structure. As an indication of just how affordablel S3, I host all of my website backups on S3, and it costs me a whopping $.40 a month!!
Two other popular cloud storage options are Google Drive and Box. Since I don’t use either one I can’t tell you that much about them.
The best way to find out which cloud storage option is best for you, is to check them out yourself. Here’s an article by CNET that gives you a comparison of five of the most popular options: OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Amazon Cloud Drive (not to be confused with Amazon S3).
Check them out. Do your due diligence, and find the cloud storage solution that best fits your needs.
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