Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tech: Free Cloud Storage Services

The benefits may be clear, but deciding when and how to put a cloud strategy in place is still a big challenge. — Bob Welton
"According to Welton, implementing the cloud as a business strategy comes with new questions and concerns about how the cloud will give the company a competitive edge. For larger companies, valid concerns are raised regarding how well the cloud will meld into the company's current and future performance."

Cloud Storage has become vital nowadays. People are always online, on the move and mobile. Services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Box and others are offering free storage for users to keep their data online.

With more poeple owning multiple devices such as computer, tablets and smartphones the idea of data being locked in PC's seems obsolete and over-ageing. Cloud storage has been freed us from those constraint. the files we are needed are available online and can access anywhere, and anytime.

Sharing large files with friends or your client has been easier. The just need to click on the link of our cloud storage shared folder.

How do you know, which one is the best cloud storage to have?
Honestly, based on my experience using several cloud storage the best cloud storage so far is Dropbox. Here are the list of cloud storage that I've been using so far:

  1. Dropbox - favourite cloud storage i guess. Easy to use, can store any kind of files in it. Initially Dropbox will give you 2Gb free space when you sign up. If you participate in the quick Getting Started tutorial, you get 250MB. Turn on the automatic photo upload feature on any of the mobile apps to get 3GB of extra space (you can get only 3GB total, not per device). You can earn 500MB for each friend you refer to Dropbox who actually signs up for the service, up to 16 GB total, or 32 referrals. My Dropbox space currently has over 60Gb space :).
  2. One Drive (formerly Sky Drive) - 15GB Free. Earn an extra 8GB by backing up your photos using the mobile app (worth 3GB), and inviting friends to sign up for the service. For each friend that signs up, you'll get 500MB of storage (with a max of 10 friends for a total of 5GB).
  3. Google Drive - 15GG Free. The space is used in combination with the attached Gmail account, which can be problematic for those with a large email database and i have encountered this problem because the data is too big and i have problem in sending emails with attachment because the space is overlimit. :))
  4. Asus WebStorage - Free 5GB - https://www.asuswebstorage.com. Those who own Asus Smartphone have the opportunity to have 5Gb free storage. However, i haven't use this after i change the phone.
You can also try Box and Copy which offers 15Gb free storage. And more information on which cloud storage is suitable for you can be found in http://www.cnet.com/how-to/onedrive-dropbox-google-drive-and-box-which-cloud-storage-service-is-right-for-you/

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” – Larry Ellison, chairman, Oracle
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