Thinking of Moving to the Cloud? These Are the Best Services To Try

Cloud_ComputingThe concept of cloud computing has changed the way many businesses operate, even very small ones. Having access to all of your important documents across platforms is a big boon for many as is the ability to cooperate on the same thing at the same time. It is also a great way to save on hard drive space as well.

If the idea of cloud computing does appeal to you then you have a number of services to choose from, ranging from free storage options to pay services that can cost up to $100+ a month. So which one is right for your needs? Let’s compare some of the most popular and see:

Best General Service for Small Business: Google Drive – Most of us have a gmail address these days and that gmail comes with Google Drive – Google’s cloud computing solution – as standard, with 30 GB of storage space offered free of charge. Users can store a number of different file types – everything from word docs to videos and invite anyone with an email address to view and/or edit them. Additional storage can be purchased on an as needed basis at rather reasonable rates – 200GB a month extra for example costs just $9.99.

For basic business users Google Drive is a good option, but if you store a great many images or videos it can be rather hard to manage as the uploads do take a long time.

Best Service For Microsoft Fans: Skydrive – On paper at first Skydrive does not really look like a great deal when compared to some other services. It only offers 7GB of free storage, with an additional 20GB, 50GB and 100GB for $15, $25, and $50 a year respectively. However, if everything you do is pretty much based in Windows and Microsoft applications then the automatic sync to the cloud should be something you will love.

Best Cross Platform Service: SugarSync – These days we all operate on a number of different platforms and devices and the only service that can truly accommodate them all is this one.

The other cloud services mentioned here – including Skydrive believe it or not – do not support the likes of Windows Phone, Blackberry, Kindle or many ‘non branded’ Android devices, but this platform does, so by using Sugar Sync you can be pretty sure that no one will get left out of the loop. The fact that there is no upload size limit is a big plus as well if you need to upload large hi-res image files on a regular basis.

The other thing that all three of these services have in common is that they are all very flexible options, you do not have to sign long and binding contracts and (so far anyway) none of these services have encountered the kind of downtime and security issues that the former king of cloud servers Dropbox did fairly recently.

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