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15 Cloud Storage Sites

If you’re waiting around for Apple’s rollout of iCloud, don’t overlook the current offering of sites to store your content in the cloud.

Here is a list of cloud storage sites. Some of these sites store your content — such as documents and photos — so that you can access remotely and collaborate with peers. Other sites focus on storing your data for backup protection. A few even do both.

Nearly all of these sites offer a free plan with a small amount of storage. Use the free plans to find the right fit for your small business, and then commit your files to the cloud.

Cloud Storage Sites

ADrive. ADrive is a storage and backup site. Access files anywhere, edit documents online, and share files. ADrive offers 50 GB of storage in its free account. However, some traditionally standard features, such as SSL encryption, are only available in the paid account. Price: 50 GB Basic is free. Signature 50 GB accounts — which include security and other features — are $6.95 per month. Premium 100 GB to 10 TB accounts start at $13.95 per month.

Box.net. Box.net is an easy-to-use system to store, manage, and share files. It has nice features, including exchange feedback around file versions, task management, and smartphone access. Advanced security features only come with Business and Enterprise level accounts. Price: 5 GB with one user is free. 500 GB and 3 to 500 users is $15 per user per month. Call for Enterprise pricing.

Carbonite. Carbonite is an automatic backup system. It offers unlimited backup to protect your files (not software) for a very competitive price. Carbonite is great if all you need is backup protection. Price: $59 per year per computer. 3-plus-computer plans start at $229 per year. Discount for multi-year subscription.

Dropbox. Dropbox is a storage, syncing and sharing system. Any file you save to Dropbox instantly saves to your computer, phones, and the Dropbox website. Invite others to a folder, then see their changes instantly. Dropbox has a mobile app. Price: 2 GB is free. 50 GB is $9.99 per month. 100 GB is $19.99 per month. Team plans start at $795 per year for 5 users and 350 GB.

ElephantDrive. ElephantDrive is an automated backup system with a simple interface program. Easily manage stored files with file search and file history. Multi-user storage is only available for Enterprise account. Price: 2 GB is free. 100 GB with two devices is $9.95 per month. 500 GB with 5 devices is $19.95 per month. Call for Enterprise pricing for unlimited storage and multiple users.

FilesAnywhere. This is an online file storage, syncing and sharing system. Manage and share files anywhere, including from mobile phone. View and edit documents. Advanced plans feature additional security and automated backup. Price: 1 GB is free. 10 GB is $11.95 per month for Basic plan and $15.75 per month for Advanced plan.

FlipDrive. Simplify your life with FlipDrive. FlipDrive offers storage for files, contacts, photos, favorite sites, calendar, and other information. FlipDrive does not have an application to backup files automatically. Price: 1 GB storage is free. 10 GB storage is $4.95 per month. 50 GB storage is $9.95 per month. 100 GB is $19.95 per month.

FreeDrive. FreeDrive is a personal storage and file sharing service designed for users of social networks, such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. Users can access both their own files and their friends’ files from within the social network. Price: 1 GB storage, free.

iStorage. iStorage is an online storage service from Iomega. Simply click what you want to backup automatically with an easy-to-use interface. Manage files, access remotely with smartphone, and share your data. File sharing can only be accomplished using WhaleMail. Price: Individual plans start at 1 GB for $5.99 per month and goes to 15 GB for $49.99 per month. Multi-user plans start at 1 GB for $9.99 per month and goes to 25 GB for $99.99 per month.

Mozy. Mozy is an automated storage system. While this is primarily for backup protection, you can easily manage stored files and access them remotely, including from smartphone. Mozy offers strong security features and is inexpensive for the amount of space. Price: 50 GB is $5.99 per month. 125 GB with 3 computers is $9.99 per month.

JungleDisk. Store, sync, backup, and share online with Jungle Disk. Features automated backup and smartphone app. Share files between multiple computers. Multi-way sync keeps files up to date. Pay only for the storage you use. Price: Simply Backup is $2 per month plus $0.15 per GB of storage used; first 5 GB storage is free. Workgroup Edition is $4 per user per month plus $0.15 per GB of storage used; first 10 GB storage per user is free.

OpenDrive. Store your content for remote access, sharing and collaboration. Back up files automatically, and sync across multiple platforms. Directly link or embed any of your files for use in emails, websites, or social networks. With its full set of features, this is a top solution for online storage and collaboration. Price: 5 GB storage is free. 100 GB storage with 3 users is $5 per month. 500 GB storage with 5 users is $15 per month. 1 TB storage with 7 users is $25 per month.

SkyDrive. SkyDrive is part of Microsoft Windows Live. Upload your files and photos so you can access them from anywhere. Share files and collaborate with others. Create, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files online, even if you don’t have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Price: 5 GB is free.

Storegate. Storegate is a storage and backup site. Store files to access or share anywhere, including from smartphone. Backup files automatically. Storegate is cell phone compatible so you can back up your phone contact list and calendar. Price: 1 GB online hard drive is free. 25 GB storage is $7.99 per month. 50 GB is $14.99 per month. 100 GB is $29.99 per month.

SugarSync. SugarSync is a perfect blend of storage and backup. Store and sync your files in the cloud to access from any device, including smartphone. Back up files automatically. Access, share, and edit files and folders from anywhere. Price: 5 GB is free. 30 GB is $4.99 per month. 60 GB is $9.99 per month. 100 GB is $14.99 per month. 250 GB is $24.99 per month.

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Comments ( 20 )

  1. rishoban August 11, 2011 Reply

    Windows Skydrive offers 25GB of Free Storage, not 5GB and it also offers a Sync space of 5GB with Windows Live Mesh.

    Sugarsync offers 5GB of Free Storage too.

    Correct these :)

  2. digitalant August 12, 2011 Reply

    I’m a fan of sugarsync over all of these other services.

    For one, you can actually get 5.5GB of free storage for signing up through this link. Almost TRIPLE what you get with dropbox.
    http://bit.ly/SugarSync500MBBonus

    Secondly, they work flawlessly across tons of devices and just released a new update that allows you to push files/data from your PC directly to your phone. A very handy OTA sync method.
    -a

    Smart move sugarsync

  3. Girlincloud August 16, 2011 Reply

    Those users who use Windows may want to try another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.com/ It is onetime fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. It supports all AWS regions, Reduced Redundancy Storage and access to cloud storage using the virtual drive.

    Girlincloud,
    CloudBerry Lab team

  4. Yvettegr August 16, 2011 Reply

    You seem to have left out the best cloud storage of all: livedrive (livedrive.com). I’ve used them for years. One tier is $129 per year for unlimited storage (from any computer). I have several terabytes of data on livedrive.com. It would cost me thousands and thousand of dollars per year from many of the above services to store the same amount of data. Why would I do that. Instead $129 per year, unlimited storage. And there’s a briefcase feature that automatically backs up your computer(s) in addition to you being able to upload as many other files as you want. Without question the best online cloud storage around, and the cheapest by far.

  5. candorinthecloud October 18, 2011 Reply

    FilesAnywhere the "cloud storage" provider referred to in Wiki has been around for over a decade and can tailor custom solutions for an individual or for a Fortune 500, allowing them to manage their data while meeting all compliance and regulatory needs.

  6. sgerbig November 20, 2011 Reply

    The Box.net information isn’t accurate either. You get 5 GB (not 50) for free with the personal plan. Beyond that, you’ll pay $9.99 and $19.99 for 25 MB and 50 MB, respectively. I’d love it if they offered 50 MB for free!

  7. Sig Ueland November 20, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the catch! I’ve updated the info.

  8. JohnOkada July 7, 2012 Reply

    Some decent information here. You can find more about cloud service providers at http://www.Top10CloudStorage.com. This site has a lot of unbiased and useful reviews on all of the top services.

  9. Drive Headquarters August 18, 2012 Reply

    Cloud storage has little value and it has quickly become a commodity market. After all, it is just about accessing some files in the cloud.

    For SMBs, now there is Cloud IT service from http://www.DriveHQ.com. Instead of just storage in the cloud, now you can have your file server, FTP server, email server, web server, share & collaboration server all in the cloud. You no longer need to worry about your servers, IT systems, data backup and security. That can really save the cost and increase productivity.

  10. Vanderloo_5 September 24, 2012 Reply

    I’m still looking but here’s what I’ve found so far.-
    Box is a scam as far as I’m concerned. Classic bait & switch. They say they give limited storage for free. Then when you sign up and go to use it you find out you can’t upload folders. Only indiv. files. Unless of course you sign on for a paid account. Then they say it’s 15.95 a month for so much storage but wait,… you have to pay for 3 users. So it’s not 15.95 it’s $45 & change. Beat it box.
    Then there’s just cloud OMG!! Their tech support is worse than microsoft! I swear they didn’t understand english. No phone support is offered so you email support questions, wait 2 days for an answer that doesn’t even begin to address what you asked and this goes on for a week and a half, (or until you pull the plug). I wish I could post all of my emails with all of their answers so we could all get a good belly laugh.

    Sugar sync sync seems ok if you don’t mind all that stuff constantly going on in the background, i.e., auto syncing all of your files on all computers. Not for me. I just want plain old simple online storage. Still looking. Good luck all. Stay away from Box and Justcloud.

  11. Jesper Faurby October 22, 2012 Reply

    Hi there

    Allow me to introduce Filecamp.com.

    Our clients love the simple and branded interface … and they can even brand their clients access as well, so that their clients see their own branding when they log in to our clients File Sharing Portal.

    Sounds complicated? … start a free Trial and see for yourself.

    All the best,
    Jesper
    Filecamp.com

    P.S. No hidden fees and support issues are dealt with immediately.

  12. stefan September 1, 2013 Reply

    Has anyone checked amazon glazier? It costs me 30$ a year for an unlimited Zoolz account, it’s worth checking I believe .

  13. Ilyass choulli September 5, 2013 Reply

    Nice post , I had just found a strong one with a huge capacity of 100GB you can check here :
    http://devatil.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-huge-free-cloud-storage-with-100gb.html

  14. CRD September 26, 2013 Reply

    All I want is a small business solution that we can use to store documents and it works like google desktop search. I want tag and not folders. I would also like to email documents to it and it would automatically store them. Anyone have any thoughts?

  15. abcpl December 31, 2013 Reply

    Sugarsync is no more free. They hv started charging after 30 or 90 days trial

    • John Hawks June 23, 2014 Reply

      Good article, could do with being upodated to include amazon and googles new services. There is a good list of cloud service providers at http://www.onlinebackupreviewer.com/ . This site has a lot useful reviews on all of the best known services.

  16. gmadhavi February 14, 2014 Reply

    Ziddu offers free cloud storage service for 50 days with unlimited space, paid service also available at ziddu just $ 3.99/ month for 100 GB reliable cloud storage.

  17. Noddy March 10, 2014 Reply

    Thats a good list of backup providers. There is a very comprehensive list with reviews at http://www.onlinebackupreviewer.com/ it is hard to know which service is best.

  18. AmyKok March 12, 2014 Reply

    I’m a tech noob. So I rely on the review at http://www.cloudstoragewizard.com for my online backup selection. The site is very simple to use and understand as well. I’ve got discount from the site too which I’m very delighted because I’m going to purchase the service anyway, why not save some bucks.

  19. luke May 22, 2014 Reply

    I am a photographer and need a lot of space for my images, so I bought mypcbackup after readind this review: http://www.tenbestcloud.com/Cloud-Providers/mypc-backup.html
    It’s really cheap thanks to the review I got 35% off and unlimited space…

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