Cloud storage is great because it can help you save space on your computer and in case of a crash, you won’t have to worry about lost files. It’s also convenient because you can access your files from almost anywhere, including mobile devices. Most people are aware of the popular cloud storage sites like Dropbox and SugarSync, but there are many others that are popping up now on a regular basis. This list will take a look at some of the newer and lesser-known services out there that will allow you to store and sync files, as well as manage your documents in the cloud.
“The easiest way to get your files online with automatic backup.” You get 3 GB of free online storage that you can use to access your files from the Web desktop or mobile devices (iPhone, Android). Functions as a Cloud OS with a user-friendly interface and integrated instant messenger. Works in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox on the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
“Share, manage and access all your business content online.” A free plans come with 5 GB of storage. You can sync files from your computer and also collaborate on shared folders right from your desktop. You can also connect Box.net with Google Apps and Salesforce for flawless content management. Access your files from your mobile device in your mobile browser or via apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. While Box.net has been around awhile, they recently gave their interface a refreshing makeover.
“Send, access, store, manage and share your files fast.” Share and send large files securely via the Web, desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux), widgets, tablets (iPad, Android, Archos) or mobile phones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Palm). You can upload and download multiple files or even whole folders at a time. Free plans come with 2 GB of storage and other monthly plans come with a free trial if interested.
“Enjoy your media and documents from every device.” Upload your files and access them from your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or mobile device (iPhone, Android, Palm). Integrates with iTunes for easy importing and exporting of music and playlists. Integrates with iPhoto and Picasa so that you can easy import and export photos. Comes with 2 GB of free storage space and you can have as much as 500 GB of storage (for $79.99/month).
“Synchronizes your data quickly and securely.” Free accounts come with 2 GB of storage. Works with Windows, Mac and Linux for easy yet advanced collaboration, syncing, backup and automatic encryption – great for working with teams. The only downside is that they don’t appear to have any mobile apps for access files on your mobile device.
“A storage service that fetches media files and lets you stream them immediately.” Put.io can fetch torrents, audio, documents, videos and images for streaming and sharing. Put.io can even watch your RSS feeds for you and download new content automatically. While they do not offer any free storage, you can get a 3-day free trial on all plans. The lowest plan for $4.90/month comes with 10 GB of storage. With all of the features available, the price is definitely worth it.
“Centralized storage for all file types: movies, documents, photos, music.” ADrive definitely offers the largest amount of online storage for free with a whopping 50 GB of space. The are a few limitations like not being able to use the desktop app for Windows, Mac or Linux; it’s perfect if you’re just needing online storage with Web access. You can upload, store and share files as well as edit documents via Zoho Editor.
“Delivers powerful, easy to use file management in the cloud.” Includes automatic file syncing, data backup, file sharing and collaboration features. Free accounts come with 2 GB of storage. Currently works on Windows (Vista, XP) and Mac. Offers Google Docs integration and file servers with the Business Edition plan.
iDrive – Free 5 GB for online storage and backup on Windows, Mac and iOS devices. You can also access your documents from the Web and manage multiple accounts.
iDriveSync – Free 5 GB for online syncing and sharing “with better security.” Available for Windows and Mac. Share your files securely via military grade encryption.
SkyDrive – A file hosting service from Microsoft that lets you upload files to a cloud storage and access them from the Web. Comes with 25 GB of free storage.
Ubuntu One – “The personal cloud that brings your digital life together” with 2 GB of free storage. Can also be used to stream music to your iPhone and Android devices.