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Overview-comparison of popular cloud services

With the advent of solid-state SSD-drives, the speeds have become higher, but the amount of free disk space has significantly diminished. Of course, several thousand dollars can solve any problems, but if there is an opportunity to solve the problem without investments, why not take advantage of it? Today’s article is devoted to a review of the ten most popular cloud services, which will gladly take care of storing the most diverse amount of your data.

Note. The basis of “natural selection” formed several criteria at once. First, the mandatory presence of a client for stationary and mobile versions of operating systems. Secondly, many of the services presented below have passed the test of time or are separate projects of reputable IT companies. This ten does not include “ball” services with free terabytes of free space (we will talk about them in the next part), and at the head is security and encryption.

Remember, no matter how authoritative the service is, 100% guarantee the security of your data does not provide any service.

Box
Website: www.box.com 
Year of foundation: 2005
Clients: Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Free registration volume: 10 GB

This “old-timers” in the cloud service environment. This year, the remote repository will celebrate its 10th anniversary. When registering, the user is provided with 10 GB of free space with the possibility of a paid expansion to the unlimited business package.

A significant drawback of Box is the limit on the size of the file being downloaded. In a free 10-GB tariff, it is impossible to upload a file larger than 250 MB . Paid package is limited to file size of 5 GB.

Bitcasa
Website: www.bitcasa.com 
Year of foundation: 2011
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS
Free registration volume: 5 GB

One of the few services that support data transfer technology WebDAV . By installing the Bitcasa client , you get access to remote disk space without having to store the source code on your computer.

The maximum amount of available disk space is 10 TB . Bitcasa service supports streaming data (in paid packages) and simultaneous access of several users to one account.

Cloud Me
Website: www.cloudme.com 
Year of foundation: 2011
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS
Free registration volume: 3 – 19 GB

The main feature of the Cloud Me service is the support of the generation of “smart TVs” – Smart TV and some models of media players. Cloud Me provides for working as a remote WebDAV network drive.

You can earn extra free space by sending invitations to your friends. The maximum allowable volume of a remote hard disk within services is 500 GB for a private user and 5 TB as a business solution .

Copy.com
Website: www.copy.com 
Year of foundation: 2013
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Free registration volume: 15 GB

The cloud service Copy.com almost completely repeats the functionality of the Dropbox service. A distinctive feature of this cloud is a high level of data protection and the absence of any limits on the size of the downloaded file.

For IT companies and as a business solution, there are favorable rates with shared account access and a minimum amount of disk space of 1 TB.

Dropbox
Website: www.dropbox.com 
Year of foundation: 2008
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Free registration volume: 2 GB

One of the pioneers of the cloud services market. Compared with competitors’ offers, the amount of remote disk space provided during registration is a paltry 2 GB . For additional space, you will need to invite your friends ( 500 MBper person) and closely monitor the shares.

It seems that the main motto of Dropbox is “all or nothing”. Tariff plans are limited to just two offers. For corporate users, Dropbox has a special rate of $ 15 per month with unlimited disk space . You can try out the advantages of the business version absolutely free of charge, using the 2-week trial period.

Google Drive
Website: google.drive 
Year of foundation: 2012
Clients: Windows, OS X, Android, iOS
Free registration volume: 15 GB

The amount of disk space that the search giant provides to the user immediately after registration is 15 GB . In addition to the Web interface, Google Drive has a stationary version for Mac computers and clients for mobile operating systems Android, iOS.

Provided and the corporate version of Google Drive for Work , providing storage of more impressive amounts of data at special rates.

Another feature of Google Drive is the ability to work with documents without an internet connection. To do this, in the corresponding application, it is enough to enable the Offline Access feature.

Mega
Website: www.mega.co.nz 
Year of foundation: 2013
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry
Free volume at registration: 50 GB

Perhaps the most generous service, providing the user after registration immediately 50 GB . High degree of data encryption, access key generation, cross-platform and affordable pricing plans.

When registering with the service, create a strong password, MUST remember it and save the encryption key. If you lose your key or forgotten password, you will not be able to restore access to the downloaded data.

Microsoft One Drive
Website: www.onedrive.live.com 
Year of foundation: 2007
Clients: Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox
Free volume at registration: 15 GB

Company Microsoft has decided to keep up with competitors, and also got involved in cloud storage services. Absolutely free you can get 15 GB offree space.

Stock! Two days ago, Microsoft announced a special offer: all Dropbox users are provided with 100 GB free for 1 year. To get the bonus space, you only need to allow the download of files from One Drive to Dropbox via the Web interface.

[email protected]
Website: www.cloud.mail.ru 
Year of foundation: 2013
Clients: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS (iPhone)
Free volume at registration: 100 GB

Relatively young by the standards of cloud storage service that provides the user with 100 GB when registering from the domestic holding Mail.ru.

There are no additional tariffs on Cloud.ru , and there is no possibility of additional “earnings” of free gigabytes by inviting friends and registering via referral links.

Yandex.Disk
Website: www.disk.yandex.ru 
Year of foundation: 2012
Clients: Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Free volume at registration: 10 GB

Domestic search engine Yandex is also a confident player in the cloud storage market. Cross-platform synchronization and 10 GB of free disk space immediately after registration.

Like the above analogs, Yandex.Disk allows you to create Shared Folders and share files. By inviting friends and taking part in periodic promotions, you can expand the amount of free disk space up to 50 GB.

What is the result

In order to make it clear which service is the most profitable and at which tariffs we used, we made a visual comparison table indicating the bonus gigabytes, the maximum possible volume of the removed hard disk and the maximum price of the tariff.

The number of cloud services today is unusually large. Not seeing in this ten favorite, do not despair. In the next article, we will look at extraordinary cloud services with an impressive amount of free disk space, but not without “pitfalls”.

What cloud service do you prefer? Write in the comments.

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