With Symbaloo, all of your bookmarks are saved to the cloud. But what exactly does that mean, to save something to the cloud? Saving data in the cloud has become the #1 data storage solution for many people, but what exactly is the cloud, and who offers the best cloud storage to store your data?
When you save something to the cloud, your data is maintained, managed, backed up remotely and made available to you over a network (typically the Internet). There are several companies that now offer cloud storage. These companies offer off-site storage systems for either organizations or regular users to save all of their data. If you’re looking to buy a cloud storage subscription, here’s a list of the top performing cloud storage companies on the market today:
Google Drive: Cloud storage isn’t just for storing files; it’s also a great platform for real-time collaboration. Google Drive offers 15 GB of free cloud storage as well as access to Google’s Web-based productivity suite. Users can save, edit and invite others to work on Docs, Sheets and Slides (Google’s versions of Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively) right on Google Drive itself. Additional storage can be purchased for a monthly subscription, starting at $1.99 a month for 100 GB.
OneDrive: OneDrive provides Windows users with remote file access and seamless Microsoft Office and Windows Phone integration. It also gives users a number of easy ways to upload and access files: over the Web, directly from Microsoft Office programs (such as when you save a file) and straight from your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows device. OneDrive is free for up to 5 GB of free storage. Additional storage is available with paid subscriptions starting at 100GB and can be purchased on its own or as an add-on to Office 365 plans.
Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage solutions available. You can store, share and sync data across all devices via the Dropbox app or the Dropbox website. Access your files anywhere, from desktop computers to laptops, tablets and smartphones. Those who sign up can download the Dropbox app to get started. Users get 2 GB of free storage, file sharing and syncing and security features like SSL encryption, two-step authentication and mobile pass codes. For more storage, Dropbox offers paid subscriptions starting at $8.25 a month per user and comes with 1TB of space.
OpenDrive: OpenDrive is a cloud-based cloud storage and office suite that you can access from anywhere. It comes with three services to help you run your business: OpenDrive Drive for storing, syncing and sharing files; OpenDrive Notes for notetaking, to-do lists and other word processing; and OpenDrive Tasks for project management. OpenDrive is free for up to 5GB. For unlimited storage, check out paid plans starting at $12.95 per month.
Mozy: Mozy offers cloud backup, sync and mobile access for computers and servers for individuals, businesses and enterprise IT services. Mozy’s sync services are simple because they keep every file updated throughout the day. Mozy features include automatic cloud backup, mobile access, military-grade security, data restore capabilities, server backups and data management.