Cloud storage has become all the rage. Amazon owns a huge chunk of the cloud storage industry as businesses have found it’s easier to use someone else’s data storage facilities. What about Apple and iCloud? There’s new competition on the streets. Booya!
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Microsoft and IBM are competing against Amazon. Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and others compete against Google and Apple. Cloud storage is here, it’s booming, it’s less expensive than ever, and it’s the future. The cloud ain’t going away any time soon.
Why not? We get hooked on using iCloud and Dropbox, et al– because they ensure our files are safely stored away but also easily accessible on any device. That’s the beauty of iCloud. And Dropbox. And Google’s new Google One (used to be Google Drive, which sounds odd when matched against Microsoft’s OneDrive; and, besides, the term ‘drive’ is going away; too many people are all in on mobile and don’t know what a ‘drive’ is).
Here’s the rundown on cloud storage wars for the rest of us.
iCloud and Google One are competitively priced. Apple offers 5GB of free storage while Google offers 15GB. After that, the tiers change a bit. Apple offers 50GB for 99-cents a month, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99.
Compare that to Google One which has 100GB for $1.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, 2TB for $9.99 a month. But if you need more, then 10TB is $100 a month, 20TB is $200 a month, and 30TB is $300 a month (minus a penny each month).
Let me add Dropbox to the mix because Dropbox outshines Google in application access on iOS and macOS.
Dropbox for individual (not business) gives 2GB for free, 1TB for 8.25 a month, and 3TB for entry-level business accounts.
I’ve used and use all three– iCloud, Google One, Dropbox– and others; and Dropbox is the fastest and most dependable of the services. iCloud is the slowest and least dependable, but has improved the past year.
The key to cloud usage for me is in the applications. I have many iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps which use iCloud storage to sync files and settings between devices. iCloud Drive (a better name must exist somewhere– on iOS it’s called a simple Files) allows for the Mac’s entire Documents folder and Desktop folder to be synced between devices. Photos works the same way but not iMovie videos and projects– you need more storage for that.
Regardless, the battle rages. We get more applications which use more cloud services to store files. Cloud storage continues to drop in price while features increase in number.
Don’t you just love a good battle between technology giants?