Storage is Getting Cheaper, Is it Time to Reconsider Your Cloud Service?

Storage is Getting Cheaper, Is it Time to Reconsider Your Cloud Service?

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One thing that has been consistent with computing is that digital storage continues to get less expensive, which means it might be time to reevaluate your cloud service or add it as a backup plan – Here are some top picks.

Is it time to add or reconsider your cloud service?

Now is a good time to take a closer look at what cloud storage service you are using. Prices are making it more affordable, while at the same time the availability and compatibility of cloud services among a number of operating systems is growing. Since a lot of us work from home, backup – especially cloud backup we can access from anywhere – is vital.

There are a number of cloud storage options these days, with a variety of features and options. 

While the economy is always a consideration, you really shouldn’t be basing your decision solely on price, other than since it is more affordable – you should start using it if you’re not already. That said, some features are worth paying a little extra for, especially reliability, compatibility, and ease of use.

Top choices for cloud services

Here are five top picks for cloud services to consider adding or switching to…

1. Google Drive

Simply having a Google account, such as Gmail, automatically gives you 15GB of free storage. For a lot of people, that might be all the cloud storage you need. But if you need more storage, Google Drive offers 100 GB for $19.99 a year ($1.99 a month), $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year for 200 GB, $9.99 or $99.99 annually for 2TB, $49.99 monthly for 10TB, and $149.99 a month for 30TB.

2. iDrive

Apple offers cloud backup storage for individuals and small businesses. Its entry-level tier offers 5GB free. The next tier offers 2TB annually at $52.12, while the 3rd level tier offers 5TB annually for $74.62 per user. Business packages offer unlimited users starting at $74.62 for 250 GB.

3. OneDrive

Microsoft One Drive as part of Windows, which easily lets you integrate your storage and workflow in the cloud, becoming another directory in the File Explorer. However, there’s also a desktop app for Mac and earlier versions of Windows, as well as for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox. No Linux as yet. It is also seamless with Office 365. It comes with a free 5 GB of storage. For $6 per month, you can get 6TB of storage you can share with six users. You can add an additional 200 GB of storage for $1.99 per month.

4. Box

You can get 10GB of free cloud storage with Box. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Blackberry. For Linux users, a third-party program, ExpanDrive, will allow them to work with Box. You can get 100 GB of storage for $10 per month and can upload files as large as 5 GB.

There’s also the starter package for small and medium-sized businesses, starting at $7 per user monthly, or $5 per user monthly if paid annually. The business plan offers unlimited storage at $20 per month or $15 when paid annually. Keep in mind, all box business plans require a minimum of 3 users. Therefore, the starter package is $80 annually or $540 annually for the business plan with unlimited storage.

5. Amazon Drive

This service does offer some free storage, and is included here because many people are Amazon Prime members who may be considering the service. Amazon Drive offers personal and business cloud storage. The service still has a clunky web interface, but has updated its ability to sync with Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, but does not offer a Linux client. If you’re a Prime member, you get 5GB of free storage with Amazon Drive. Otherwise, storage plans start at $19.99 annually for 100GB and $59.99 for 1TB.