Each day, more and more individuals and businesses make the switch to cloud-based solutions to store their valuable data. It is predicted that cloud infrastructure will soon become the default web server choice. It is no surprise that people are choosing to store their data and digital files remotely in the cloud rather than locally. After all, cloud storage comes with a host of advantages, including lower costs, better security, and greater access. Today, users can choose from a wide variety of options in the market.
For instance, let us take a look at two popular cloud storage solutions. When Dropbox and SkyDrive are compared, it is clear each is more suitable for a different type of user. When it comes to speed, for example, Dropbox is far ahead. In fact, it is among the fastest cloud storage services, while SkyDrive is one of the slowest. Hence, if you prize rapid file transfers and do not want to deal with any incomplete transfers or errors, then Dropbox is a good choice. On the other hand, it is far less cost effective. When it comes to free storage, SkyDrive is the clear winner – it offers 7 GB compared to a paltry 2 GB from Dropbox. Both products also offer differently priced versions depending on storage and subscription period. So while SkyDrive will provide you with 107 GB for USD 50 a year, Dropbox offers 100 GB at an annual price of USD 99. That means you pay nearly double the price for less storage space with Dropbox.
However, it is important to remember that Dropbox offers other benefits besides speed. Among these are sophisticated features like Facebook Group Integration (allowing sharing of files with Facebook groups) as well as two-step verification. Microsoft users, meanwhile, might prefer SkyDrive because of the product system’s close integration with Windows. Overall, when it comes to usability, SkyDrive is far easier, making it ideal for those who are not very tech savvy and simply want a solid cloud storage solution. For those who want fast speeds, Facebook integration capabilities, and more intensive security, Dropbox is a better option – although it can prove significantly more expensive. If you are willing to get proactive, Dropbox offers more storage space through successful referrals, so it is possible to earn more gigabytes.
Pogoplug is another popular and affordable cloud storage product among basic users who primarily want to store a lot of heavy data and digital files in the cloud. For basic security and easy accessibility, this is a decent midrange online backup solution. Pogoplug offers a standard package with unlimited storage space priced ay USD 4.95 a month and USD 49.95 a year. Features such as file sharing and customer support are very user friendly. However, there is no file versioning, a feature that is quite standard across the market now. In addition, this product comes with a lot of data breach risks because it does not have any storage encryption. This means that anyone with access to the Amazon 3 server (which Pogoplug uses for storage) can potentially steal or misuse your data and digital files. Hence, users who want to back up crucially important or private files should avoid this product. Pogoplug also offers backup devices which back up your data automatically and remotely. These can even be used by the tech savvy to create a new server (Although this will void the product warranty). First, the preinstalled system must be removed and Arch Linux must be installed which will effectively turn the device into a new Linux server. Remember to set up passwords and adjust the time before you start updating the packages.