12 free cloud storage options

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, Amazon, Box

With all the public cloud storage offerings on the market today, many vendors just want customers to sign up for their services. So, in return for a new account, many offer free cloud storage.

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Using the following 12 public cloud storage options, you could theoretically get 112GB of free cloud storage. But not all services are the same. Some have their pros and cons related to how large a file can be uploaded, the pricing of additional cloud storage space, integrations with various operating systems and mobile apps, and of course security precautions the vendors take.

Here are side-by-side comparisons of free cloud storage options.

Name: Amazon Cloud Drive

Free cloud storage: 5GB

Extra storage: 20GB, $10/year; 50GB, $25/year; 100GB, $50/year; 200GB, $100/year; 1TB, $500/year. Cloud Music player: 250 imported songs free; 250,000 imported songs, $24.99/year.

More info: Music purchased and downloaded from Amazon is automatically stored in Amazon Cloud Drive for free. Service also backs up Kindle-branded tablets. Since launching in March 2011, the service has come under criticism for its access policies, which states that Amazon is allowed to use access files stored in Amazon Cloud Drive. See more here (Section 3.3).

Name: Apple iCloud

Free cloud storage: 5GB

Extra storage: 10GB (15GB total with 5GB free), $20/year; 50GB, $100/year.

More info: Automatically synchs files, photos, videos and even Web browsing tabs across Apple devices. Windows iCloud Control Panel is available. Apps such as Keynote, Pages and Numbers are used for document management/synchronization. Apple boasts a minimum 128-bit AES encryption for iCloud.

Name: Box

Free cloud storage: 5GB

Extra storage: Personal account, 25GB for $9.99/month; 50GB, $19.99/month. Business account: $15/user/month, 3 to 500 users; 1TB with password-protected sharing, access management and user administration. Enterprise edition: Custom pricing, unlimited storage, offers customer branding, group access controls.


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