Any business looking to save money may not realise that, by looking for cheaper file storage alternatives, they could reduce their spending while also improving the way in which they can store and move files, even when out of the office. Cloud storage is something that an increasing number of companies are looking to use. How it works is that large files can be stored in a secure ‘cloud’ online, and can be accessed, organised and amended from any computer in a safe manner. A number of cloud storage providers are competing in order to offer the best service.
One of the most popular providers of cloud storage is Dropbox. They offer three distinct packages for different people: a free package with at least 500MB storage, an intermediate one that, for upwards of $9.99 per month comes with between 100-500GB of space and a larger one for much more with over 1TB of space. Only the latter one comes with all the tools needed for business, and for the money they charge, doesn’t give you too much.
Egnyte are one of their main rivals, and were pretty early on the cloud storage scene. They don’t have a free service, but its most expensive package sells for just $12.99 per month per user if you have the minimum of 25 users, making it far cheaper than owning a file server. They use hybrid cloud technology which uses both the cloud and local storage, which is great if you want to transfer large files to the cloud without waiting an age for it to be transferred in full.
A newer entrant into the cloud storage market, Google Drive is perfect for low-cost file storage. Offering a similar free service to Dropbox, its cheapest paid-for storage package costs just $2.49 per month, but its more expensive packages could cost as much as $800 on a monthly basis (albeit for 16TB of storage. Sharing and multiple apps, not to mention compatibility with Google Docs make Google Drive appealing to any business who wants to share files easily.