Cloud storage has become an essential element in doing business today. Among the numerous benefits of cloud storage is that you do not need to purchase or set up external hard drives for added storage space for your data. Also, you do not need to worry about upgrading your storage system as most cloud storage providers, if not all, automatically update their storage structure for their clients.
In the business of cloud storage, DropBox has claimed a spot at the top for several years now and has business dealings with many of the world’s leading companies. However, controversy surrounded DropBox when the company announced the appointment of former National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors. Information leaked that Rice, whose policies when she was in power included warrantless wiretapping, had the cooperation of many US-based tech companies and NSA may have had access to their clients’ information.
DropBox did some damage control but it was clear – people are not pleased with the leading cloud storage companies in the world. And many of them are thinking of moving their business to other cloud storage specialists. But are there worthy alternatives to DropBox in this time and age? Fortunately, there are 6 of them listed below. Check them out.
The inclusion of Google Drive to this listing is quite easy. People can do more than just store and share documents, audio and video files, and other digital materials in the cloud. They can simultaneously create and edit documents and spreadsheets regardless of their location. Google chat allows team members to communicate with each other and discuss business agendas as well as other topics. For regular Google users, they get 15GB of free storage. For businesses who want the premium option, varying charges apply.
Microsoft has officially ventured into the cloud storage business with their Enterprise Suite, particularly the OneDrive for Business. A great option for Small Business, Midsize Business, and Enterprise, this cloud storage solution provides at least 25 GB of secure storage for each user account. Prices may vary especially if you choose to get some added business features and/or extra storage.
Developed by Barracuda, a tech company renowned for its knack for developing tight and secure systems as well as effective spam filtering devices and applications, Copy is virtually the new kid on the cloud storage block. A basic, free account will grant users 15 GB of storage space with no limits on the size of individual files. Paid accounts can upgrade to 250 or 500 GB storage.
A veteran in the cloud storage business, Box is now servicing 34,000 paying clients. Box is an attractive option for enterprises that use Microsoft and rely on Windows 8 OS and native Windows business applications. The basic package costs $15 a month per user, with storage space of up to 1000 GB for a minimum of three basic accounts. Box works well with the MS Office suite, thanks to its Office integration. That means you can create, edit, and save Office documents in the cloud without exiting Office programs.
SpiderOak is one of the few cloud storage providers in the scene that claims to have no access to their clients’ information. Its “Zero Knowledge” policy is an attractive feature for many of its customers, as the company only receives, stores, and sends information per instruction of their customers. SpiderOak staff can’t even see the passwords and file names of their clients’ accounts.
Another secure storage solutions provider, Wuala claims to employ tight security measures such as advanced data encryption for their clients from end to end. “Your password never leaves your computer. Nobody – not even we as storage provider – can access your data without your authorization,” claims Wuala.
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