Cloud computing has plenty of advantages that attracts more and more internet users to opt for it. Easy access to information, cost effective, unlimited storage: it all checks out for cloud computing. Even security concerns are alleviated if you choose a good provider. So here is a list of the top five cloud service providers that you can choose from if you want to start using cloud computing.
Top 5 Cloud Storage Providers:
Dropbox is one of the most inexpensive (and free up to a reasonable extent) cloud storage provider. It provides 2GB of free could storage to every account holder and allows you to sync the Dropbox folders through a plethora of devices like the iPad, Android phones, Linux, Mac and Windows gadgets. For up to 50GB of monthly cloud storage, Dropbox requires a $9.99 per month payment. For 100GB of monthly cloud storage you have to dish out $19.99. It might not sound so steep because Dropbox allows you to work on the files even without internet. Also, you can set a bandwidth limit or transfer files in parts to prevent crash. It allows simultaneous access to more than one file.
Most small business owners opt for Google cloud service because of its vast offering of plans for websites, domains and so on. Google has been offering cloud storage through numerous apps that allows a lot of flexibility and customization. You can have your customized email address, mobile email, calendar, IM tools, Google docs, Google site along with 24/7 customer support, almost 100% uptime and effective spam filtering. If all of this does not make it lucrative enough, it’s extremely economical hosting fee will. You can avail all these service at just $5 a month.
Although iCloud is limited to data and information that are only on Apple devices, it is still very useful. It has a seamless service which means you can start watching a movie on your iPad while on the commute and immediately switch it on the Mac when you get home, with ease. Free storage of up to 5GB is what seals the deal for most users. It is more than sufficient to store media files and light documents. You can buy 10Gb at the rate of $20 per year.
Everything you would need as a professional tool is provided by Microsoft Office and you don’t need to install anything on their servers. Contacts, calendar, documents, emails can all be accessed through the internet. You can access 25GB space as mailbox, documents and access spreadsheets simultaneously. The entire service costs as little as $6 per month.
Amazon Web Services
For small businesses, Amazon is an excellent choice because the owners need not buy any personal hardware to avail it. You have to pay a small fee on pay-when-you-need monthly basis to access Amazon’s infrastructure. You can put several layers of security on your data through the Amazon Web Services.
These are the best five cloud storage providers, but Box, Windows Sky Dive are not very far behind. It is important that you choose a provider that you think is trustworthy.