Few could have predicted that online storage would become as popular as it has. Not even Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, who is first to admit surprise at the excitement around the technology. While Dropbox was the first to perfect cloud technology for consumers, and has reaped the benefits – from 5 million users in 2010 to 25 million to 175 million users today – it faces some serious competition. As promised, in follow up to last week’s post Cloud Computing & the Data Dilemma, below is a brief look at the top four online storage options.
Dropbox took on the data frontier as the pioneer cloud storage system and has been, by default, the go-to solution for storing, sharing and syncing files over multiple devices. More recently, in the face of rampant competition from big names, Dropbox continues to stand its ground, and for good reason - it is simple and easy to use. According to Tim Bradshaw, Tech Hub writer, of Dropbox’s greatest strengths, is the API it is built on. “It is comparable to Evernote as the most developer-friendly storage/syncing platforms that apps can leverage to help you access your data everywhere,” suggests Bradshaw. Dropbox is not without drawbacks. Only offering 2GB of free storage, with very expensive additional storage is the top complaint. 100GB of storage costs $19.99 per month where others, cost as low as 4.99 for the same amount. The system’s simplicity goes a tad too far, as it demands all files be synced inside of just one folder, making it less than ideal for complete back-up. Pricing: 50GB for $9.99/month ($99.99/year); 100GB for $19.99/month ($199.99/year). TOPTENDREVIEWS.COM Rating: 8.9/10 CloudPro.co Rating: 4.5/5 stars