Dropbox may have been one of the personal Cloud storage pioneers in 2007, but it has since grown to be one of the biggest file storage services in the world. That being said, there are now more free and paid Cloud services than ever before. This can make it hard to choose the right kind of storage for your needs, so how can you choose? What should you be looking for?
What About Space?
One of the first considerations when choosing a Cloud service is how much space it offers for storing files. While Dropbox may only offer 2GB on the free account tier, this is going to be more than enough for most users. That being said, in the world of HD audio and video, it’s not going to be enough and will mean that you’d need to pay for an upgrade.
Google Drive may be a better option in this case because it offers 15GB for free. This is going to satisfy many people when it comes to simply storage, but may leave photographers and videographers wanting a lot more.
The truth is that you need to be aware of how much you want to store and how big the files are. If your needs are quite simple, then Google or Dropbox may suffice.
If you’re on Windows or OSX, you’re far more likely to find a Cloud service that offers a download for you. If you’re on one of the Linux distributions, then you’re going to have to look a little further.
pCloud does offer a Linux application that is very good indeed. It may also satisfy with its 10GB for free, but this again needs to be weighed against how much you actually need as a user.
What About Charges?
How much is the storage going to cost you? This is where the competition really heats up because those free tiers are great until you need more storage space.
Some services, like pCloud, have a one-time fee for up to 2TB of storage, which is a great deal if you plan to use it for a long time. Otherwise, services like Dropbox will charge by the month.
The Cloud isn’t going anywhere and it’s important to choose a service that’s right for you. How many files do you need to store? Are you prepared to pay for more? Will it work on your operating system?