10 Amazing Cloud Storage Technologies
Cloud storage has become the norm for modern-day companies and individuals, especially in the last five years. Some of the main factors that have made cloud storage services popular are cost-effectiveness, security, and scalability.
Cloud providers add layers of security to data protection so that sensitive information is safe while making any and all documents available for access from anywhere and on any device. Cloud service providers regularly update their tech to allow for enterprise tools integration and can help reduce huge physical hardware infrastructure investment in the long run. At the same time, individuals as well as corporations can reduce their carbon footprint by migrating to cloud storage and going paperless.
Remote working has been made possible by simply transitioning from syncing to centralised access.
Let’s check out the top 10 cloud storage services available in the market.
- Microsoft OneDrive
For those who use Microsoft 365, OneDrive is the best free cloud storage and necessary as the web version of Microsoft Office. Some of its best features are – editing Office docs simultaneously, upload multimedia files from mobile devices, synchronise content on PC/Mac even if you’re offline, integrated team sharing for workplace teams, 3 states of files: only-online, locally available, and always available, and new options for easily migrating content to OneDrive. It supports over 270 file formats and 100 languages. The “mass delete prompt” functionality notifies you if you delete more than 200 synced files at once from your device and you can allow or block syncing OneDrive accounts for specific organizations by specifying a list of tenant IDs.
- Google Drive
The best backup and sync technology in cloud storage, Google Drive offers the freest storage. It converts pictures of receipts, letters, and statements into PDFs and is simple to use even for beginners. A single login allows for the sharing of files across multiple devices. Other useful features include drag and drag transfer, data encryption links for sharing files, creating content with slides, sheets as well as docs. Another great feature is version history which tracks changes made in the past by any number of users, along with voice typing, text cleaner, LucidChart diagrams, and Code Blocks.
iCloud lets you save photos, videos, documents, music, and app data to iCloud and access it across all Apple devices and Windows PC while also enabling you to create, save, share documents on iCloud.com. Backups occur in the background and the entire system is user-friendly, requiring minimum set-up. Its syncing, shareability, and security are top of the line. The restoration process is easy with notification in case of back-up failure and it’s great for business and personal use. Teams can use free storage without the need to upgrade.
The most popular and one of the oldest cloud storage services, Dropbox continuously syncs files from PC or Mac into a Dropbox folder while also integrating third-party apps like Zoom, Slack, Google to create a fully tooled workspace. It has outstanding productivity tools and collaborative content creation for teams as well as solo workers and freelancers. Files are easily portable across different devices and platforms without the need for external devices including block-level transfers. It easily integrates with Office and Google Docs as well so you can directly open your Docs in Dropbox and collaborate easily using integrated tools. Dropbox Paper is a great note-taking tool and ‘rewind’ is a useful versioning tool to roll back changes.
Icedrive has zero-knowledge encryption, a Twofish encryption algorithm, and a mighty good free plan. Although a new entrant in the cloud storage arena, Icedrive offers reliable security, easy to use interface, and 10GB of free storage. It has a virtual drive directly linked to the cloud, which lets you use all your files like on a PC. There is also a preview feature that lets you view encrypted files (docs and images) and files are made fully viewable once decrypted. Its custom media player allows you to stream without integrating a third-party app.
pCloud offers TLS/SSL protection and 256-bit AES encryption employs advanced data security and client-side encryption with state of the art file management, retrieval, access, and synchronisation and supports unlimited upload of files of any size. One distinct feature of pCloud is that it integrates with social media and backs up photos, videos you upload and also has an inbuilt media player. Reliability is a great feature of pCloud as it stores 5 separate copies of every file you upload in 3 different server locations. It’s available on all platforms and devices and a great organizational structure on the pCloud app as well.
iDrive offers True Archiving which means no data is deleted from the IDrive online account until you manually delete or run ‘Archive Cleanup’. Other features include incremental and compressed backups, AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers, sector-level backup or file-level backup in case of a wipeout, retaining up to 30 previous versions of all files backed up to your account. Its iDrive Express offers a disk-mailing service for bulk uploads and restores. It performs well in speed tests and is reasonably priced as well. However, it does offer a free basic plan and sync, share on unlimited devices.
Even though slightly more expensive than other services, Box is perfect for deep OS integration and enterprise-level security of the highest grade. With collaborative, per user sharing and 1400 app integrations, you can easily work with Microsoft Office 365, Okta, GSuite, among others. The Box is used by a large number of Fortune 500 companies who use full visibility of a secure IT/Admin console. Box Skills Kit allows you to incorporate AI tech into your content as well. Teams can customise file structures, share files with security and flexibility while operating on an easy interface and 10GB free storage.
- Amazon Drive
Even though it offers free 5GB storage as opposed to Google Drive’s free 15GB, Amazon Drive is still a trusted legacy of cloud storage services. A Prime subscription gets you unlimited storage, a nifty tool to store massive photo libraries. It’s ideal for personal use, solo workers, and small businesses. It’s fairly reasonably priced if you want to add another 100GB for a couple of dollars per month.
Known for its stellar privacy features, Sync has started gaining traction among enterprises gradually. Files are secured at source (100% private cloud) which means that only the user has the data key, ensuring zero-knowledge privacy. It offers 5 GB of data storage and up to 25 GB by referring friends. It backs up files in real-time and comes with vault storage to lock away files from being synced or shared. Its multi-user features allow for controlled sharing and easy to use interface. It has competitive pricing, detailed statistics, handy versioning and works as a good alternative to Dropbox, Box, or iCloud.
These companies have constantly tried to up their ante in the cloud storage landscape with practical tools, massive storage, and expert security options. Small, medium-sized, and large enterprises are already taking advantage of this technology. If you haven’t yet considered, a cloud storage option for your business now’s the right time to jump in.