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The Best Cloud Storage of 2018

We highlight the best cloud providers for consumers and businesses

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Given the multitude of cloud storage providers out there, you must take care in choosing a provider who will offer the maximum amount of low-cost storage and bandwidth, while still keeping your data safe.

This list represents our top 10 picks for cloud storage. All offer a free tier allowing you to see if they're right for you before handing over any hard-earned cash.

Drop Box

Dropbox Cloud Storage Comparison
Dropbox Cloud Storage Comparison

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by American company Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software.

Dropbox Business is the secure file sharing and storage solution that employees love and IT admins trust.

Key Features

  1. Free: 2GB Storage
  2. Free: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX clients
  3. Free: Web interface
  4. Plus: Everything in Free plus
  5. Plus: 1 TB (1,000 GB) of space
  6. Plus: Offline folders on mobile
  7. Plus: Remote device wipe
  8. Plus: Priority email support
  9. Professional: Everything in Plus as well as
  10. Professional: Smart Sync: save hard disk space
  11. Professional: Showcase: present and track your work
  12. Professional: Advanced sharing controls
  13. Professional: Full text search
  14. Professional: 120-day version history
  15. Professional: Priority chat support

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 2 GB
  • Plus: £7.99 / month for 1 TB
  • Professional: £19.99 / month for 1 TB

Visit Dropbox

Google Drive

Google Drive Cloud Storage Comparison
Google Drive Cloud Storage Comparison

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – anything.

Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. So wherever you go, your files follow.

Key Features

  1. Free: Windows, Android, iOS and Mac clients
  2. Free: Powerful web interface
  3. Free: Access to Googles services including Docs, Sheets, Gmail etc.
  4. Free: Backup and Sync mobile devices
  5. Free: Unlimited Photo backup from devices suject to data compression and resolution limits (currently 16MP)

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 15 GB
  • 100 GB: £1.59 / month for 100 GB
  • 1 TB: £7.99 for 1 TB

Visit Google Drive

OneDrive

OneDrive Cloud Storage Comparison
OneDrive Cloud Storage Comparison

OneDrive is a file hosting service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. It allows users to store files as well as other personal data like Windows settings or BitLocker recovery keys in the cloud.

Use your phone, tablet or computer to continue what you started, wherever you happen to be. Any changes you make will be updated on all of your devices.

Key Features

  1. Advanced sync technology
  2. Mobile apps
  3. Web-based access
  4. Search and discover
  5. Photos
  6. Edit and annotate files
  7. Files On-Demand
  8. Native integration into Windows 10's file explorer

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 5 GB
  • 50 GB: £1.99 / month for 5 GB

Visit OneDrive

iCloud

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Apple iCloud Cloud Storage Comparison

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple Inc. launched on October 12, 2011. As of February 2016, the service had 782 million users.

iCloud is built into every Apple device. That means all your stuff — photos, files, notes and more — is safe, up to date and available wherever you are. And it works automatically, so all you have to do is keep doing what you love. Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start, and it’s easy to add more at any time.

iCloud securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more—and keeps them updated across all your devices. It lets you easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. You can even use iCloud to help you find your device if you lose it.

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 5 GB (with purchase of Apple devices)
  • Most Popular: £0.79/month for 50 GB
  • Lots of Photos: £2.49/month for 200 GB
  • Great for Families: £6.99/month for 2 TB

Visit iCloud

Box

Box Cloud Storage Comparison
Box Cloud Storage Comparison

Although more geared towards businesses, Box does offer personal plans too. As with Dropbox, you can install the desktop app for syncing between your hard drive and the cloud.

Key Features

  1. Easy and secure file sharing
  2. Preview files without download
  3. Automatic version control
  4. Shorten review cycles
  5. Security you control

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 10 GB (250MB File Size Limit)
  • : £8 / month for 100 GB (5 GB file upload limit)

Visit Box

Amazon Drive

Amazon Cloud Storage Comparison
Amazon Cloud Storage Comparison

Amazon Drive offers secure cloud storage for your photos, files, videos, music and more. Back up your files to the cloud and know that all of your documents are safe. Once your files are uploaded, you can access them from your computer, your phone or your tablet, all with the Amazon Drive app. Amazon Drive lets you free up space on your phone, tablet and computer, by backing up all of your documents to one secure place. Sign in to Amazon Drive on the web, or through the iOS and Android apps, and save, share, organise and store all of your stuff.

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 5 GB
  • 100 GB Plan: $11.99 / year for 100 GB
  • 1TB Plan: $59.99 / year for 1 TB

Visit AmazonDrive

Flickr

Flickr Cloud Storage Comparison
Flickr Cloud Storage Comparison

Flickr is probably the world's best-known photo-hosting site. More like a social network than a storage facility, its focus is on sorting and sharing your photos, though you can use it for just backing up if you so wish.

Anyone with a (free) account gets 1TB of space. One benefit over Google Photos is there's no limit to the resolution of the images and videos you upload, but it is only for photos and videos.

Prices and Quota

  • Free: 1 TB (photos and videos only)

Visit Flickr

NextCloud

NextCloud Self-Hosted Cloud Storage
NextCloud Self-Hosted Cloud Storage

Where are your photos and documents? With Nextcloud you pick a server of your choice, at home, in a data centre or at a provider. And that is where your files will be. Nextcloud runs on that server, protecting your data and giving you access from your desktop or mobile devices. Through Nextcloud you also access, sync and share your existing data on that FTP drive at school, a Dropbox or a NAS you have at home.

Key Features

  1. Share with others on your terms
  2. Security first
  3. Mobile and desktop clients
  4. Calendar and Contacts
  5. Secure audio and video calls
  6. Build your own website!
  7. View and edit documents with Collabora
  8. Tracking changes to your files
  9. External storage, securely encrypted

Prices and Quota

  • Free: Open Source, Self Hosted Solution

Visit NextCloud

Last updated on: Saturday 14th July 2018

 

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