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3 Top Cloud Storage Services

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What is Cloud Computing?

I’ve written before about the benefits of cloud computing, but basically, it means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. Cloud computing has quickly caught on and is becoming more and more popular as users have quickly begun to realize its benefits. The main benefit of using “the cloud” is how easily and safely data and files can be stored. The cloud gives you the ability to access your data from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet from a computer or even a smartphone. Not only does this make things easier, it also saves time and money.

This remarkable flexibility and cost savings wouldn’t be possible without cloud storage services. This week’s tip is sharing information about three of the top services providing this function. Most of them offer a certain amount of storage space for free and then have the options to pay for more storage space, if needed.

1) Google Drive

Before its launch in 2012, Google Drive used to be known as Google Documents. This is a safe and easy way to create, organize, and store files, with the added ability to share documents like spreadsheets, text documents and more.  When you share files with others using Google Drive, edits can be made right there on the document, eliminating the need to email a document to someone and have them make edits to send back to you.

You’re given 5GB of space to begin with. If you need more than that, Google Drive maxes out at 10GB. That’s quite a bit of space and will more than likely meet your needs. Mac, Apple, Chrome and Android devices are all supported by this cloud storage service from Google.

2) Dropbox

This is one of the more popular cloud storage services out there, and I use it regularly to share files that are too large to email readily. Dropbox was launched back in 2007 and has grown in popularity over the years. Similar to Google Drive, you can store and share files with those to whom you give sharing permission. You can also store photos, audio and more. When you first sign up for an account with them, you are given 2GB of storage.  You can easily increase your storage space by simply inviting other people to sign up for an account.  They also offer a paid option for more storage. PC, Mac, Android and more users can easily access Dropbox. You’ll find not only desktop applications but also mobile too. I love it for accessing files from my smartphone. CLICK HERE to open a free account and start sharing.

Friday-Quick-Tips-Crosswordb3)  Microsoft SkyDrive

The next and last cloud storage service we’re going to talk about in this article is SkyDrive by Microsoft. They give you approximately 7GB of space to start with. They also have an option to pay for more storage if needed.  Here, you can expect to find office applications like Excel, Word, One Note, PowerPoint and more. Within a browser, you can create, edit and share documents with others.

When it comes to cloud storage services, there are a lot of different options available, and most of them are free of charge with a limited amount of space. Using the free options will give you  a chance to see how well you can utilize the cloud in your business. Once you’re familiar with some of the different options out there, you can start using them on a bigger scale and pay for more storage only as you need it. This is definitely the future of the internet. It makes work much easier and more convenient, saving you both time and money.

Photo credit: “Internet Cloud Concept” by Vladislav Kochelaevs via Dollar Photo Club.

2 comments

  1. Karen R. Sanderson

    This sounds a little like a foreign language to me. But, basically, it means you and I could share stuff online without using email or FB messaging?

  2. Elizabeth Cottrell

    That’s one of things you could do with it, Karen. I use the cloud (via Dropbox) primarily two ways: 1) To share files (with one or more people) that are too large to share easily by email – e.g., photos or large client docs; 2) To store files that I want to access while I’m away from home. Right before I go on a trip, I always upload files to Dropbox that I may want to read or work on while I’m gone. There is a Dropbox app for both smartphones and iPad.

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