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Choose a Cloud Storage Service that Fits Your Needs


People use the internet for varied reasons. Some use it for personal reasons such as to entertain themselves by browsing through websites to watch news or videos on YouTube, connect with friends on social networks or download music. Others use it for work and business purposes.

Whatever the reason, one will need to store files in his computer or mobile device. And as time goes by, these files can take up disk or storage space which can result in a slow performance of your device.

With the introduction of cloud storage service, however, people can now back up their files without causing trouble to their desktop or laptop computer. As files can be stored in a separate server, internet users can enjoy seamless browsing. This type of storage service is also very beneficial as files can easily be accessed by the user in various devices as long as they are all synched together.

A 2010 survey of Storage magazine entitled SearchStorage Purchasing Intentions showed that most respondents use of cloud storage for disaster recovery. Some use it to keep primary data from their data centers while the others use it for nearline data storage.

This kind of service is indeed very attractive and useful but before you sign up with a provider, it is advised that you consider certain factors. These should include the cost, security and do take into account your storage needs as well.

Your storage requirement is very important as most providers often set a limit to the storage space it offers. Even the free plans have a limit. Amazon Cloud Drive, Box, Google Drive, SugarSync and Apple iCloud, for instance, only allow 5GB storage for its free plan while DropBox has a lower limit of 2GB. Get to know the cloud storage services for various operating systems for both PC and mobile devices at

Types of Cloud Storage Users

Basically, there are two types of users – the personal and business users. Those in business normally have a larger requirement what with the large volume of documents they need to keep. Their storage need can range from 50 GB to 100 GB or more. The regular consumers can make do with a free account that provides from 2 GB to 5 GB storage space.

Using a cloud storage service is a straightforward process. One just needs to log into the service, upload files and organize them in specific folders. But then again if you’re opting for a paid plan, make sure to know the cost per gigabyte per month depending on your needs. Also, read the service agreements very carefully and be aware of hidden costs that might be charged to you. Knowing all of these will prevent problems later on.

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