The future of computing is in in the cloud — and looking at the advantages that come with it, it’s understandable why people are flocking there. Amongst other things, cloud services allow users to:
- Save storage space on their devices. With your data securely stored and available through any Web connection, you can access those pictures of your Dad’s birthday party from anywhere — and they don’t have to take up space on your main hard drive anymore. (Always have a backup, though!)
- Share Files with Others. With your data available anytime, anywhere, and from any web-ready device, it’s easy for you to collaborate with coworkers or partners on projects, working off the same document with each other.
- Off-Site Storage = Safety. While it’s still important to have a local back up, accidents can happen. All it takes is a flood, a tornado, earthquake, or some other disaster to destroy your data. Backing up all you data to the cloud gives you peace of mind, knowing it is secure and available when you need it.
What You Get for Free: Free storage up to 5GB (Note that your photo stream as well as your purchased music, movies, apps, books and TV shows don’t count against this number.)
Pricing for Additional Storage: $20/year for 10GB of extra storage, $40/year for 20GB of extra storage, $100/year for 50GB of extra storage.
Operating Systems & Devices: iCloud is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers, and it comes with any new Apple device purchase. It is also available for use on Windows-compatible computers that run Windows 7 or Vista and have iTunes and the iCloud Control Panel.
What You Get for Free: Free storage up to 5GB.
Pricing for Available Storage: $2.49/month for 25GB of extra storage and $4.99/month for 100GB of additional storage.
Operating Systems & Devices: Google Drive is available for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad.
What You Get for Free: Free accounts start at 2GB.
Pricing for Additional Storage: You can also purchase 50GB for $9.99/month or 100GB for $19.99/month. You will also get additional space for each referral with upgraded accounts. To earn additional free space, refer your friends. You can get up to 18GB for free (2GB standard storage with 500MB per referral).
Operating Systems & Devices: Dropbox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.
What You Get For Free: Free 30-day trial. Pogoplug gives you 5GB of hosted storage for free so that you can keep an extra copy of your files offsite.
Pricing for Additional Storage: A one-time fee of $29.95 for Pogoplug PC.
Operating Systems & Devices: Pogoplug PC uses Microsoft Windows XP/7/8, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 & above. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android.
This is just a sampling of the many cloud-based computing services available. New platforms and tools are being added every day. If you’d like to discuss some of the options available, feel free to contact Technogeek.