Being able to store and access files from anywhere, whenever you want using any device or computer has become necessary for everyone.
Luckily, there are lots of great options for cloud storage. The thing is that you have to figure out which one will best help you with your long-term or current needs. Let’s take Google Drive, for example, or Dropbox, or why not, SharePoint. They’re excellent cloud storage, but which one should you choose? Here is what you need to know.
Google Drive is a fantastic file storage and synchronization service with features such as file sharing and collaborative editing. The cloud storage is also the new home of Google Docs, the productivity apps we all use at least once a week.
Google Drive provides free storage for up to 15GB, but you can choose a monthly plan for $4.99 for 100GB.
Moving users away from familiar Microsoft apps to Google can be a bit annoying because it can lead to user resistance and compatibility problems. Also, the monthly plan can be misleading. The total storage is spread across Google Drive, Google+ Photos, and Gmail.
SharePoint can do anything, and that could be a bit tricky. This cloud storage allows you to store documents online, but you can also use it as an internet portal, extranet, or internet site and manage projects, lists, and so much more.
It offers excellent features for businesses because it’s very customizable, and it can be configured for virtually any need. SharePoint allows users to edit, view only, and delete/create their files.
If used only for online data storage, SharePoint can be more expensive. Some users might find the cloud storage a bit complex and challenging to configure and manage.
Dropbox has some of the simplest yet so useful features. It offers cloud storage and sleek file synchronization. You can create a folder on every one of your computers, for instance, and Dropbox will synchronize everything, so that it appears as the same folder with the same contents, even if the devices are different. The files in the special folder can also be accessed with a website and mobile app.
Dropbox is easy to use, and you can use it as a cloud file server, too. The monthly plan starts at $9.99 for 100GB.
Unfortunately, Dropbox doesn’t offer the best data security.
Even if you choose Google Drive, SharePoint, or Dropbox, remember that the best cloud storage is always the one that suits your needs best. Dropbox is probably one of the easiest to use apps out there, while Google Drive can support all your Google Docs. As for SharePoint, you can always choose to discover and enjoy some of the greatest features.
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