Cloud Storage Comparison: Amazon, Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, Skydrive, Zoolz, Box 

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Amazon

Amazon is one of the premier leaders in cloud storage and cloud computing. Through their Amazon Web Services (AWS) program, they offer many enterprise features for businesses:

  • Easily down or upscale to the exact amount of storage you need

  • Secure and encrypted cloud storage

  • Choose what AWS server your data will be stored in – in order to reduce latency

  • Suitable for massive cloud storage needs

DataDropBox

DropBox made a name for themselves purely on the merits of their cloud storage business. They offer one of the most intuitive and user friendly solutions on the market.

  • Start at 1 TB (1000 GB) of storage, and add space as needed

  • Data is kept fully encrypted – both at rest and in transit

  • Features such as Delta sync and LAN sync, in order to update your data quickly, even on unreliable internet connections

  • AWS backend core

  • Excellent sharing features.

Google Drive

Google provides the most feature complete set of free tools and software for small business use. Google Drive is designed to work seamlessly with Google Docs, and other Google services.

  • Excellent integration with Google services (Google Docs, Gmail)

  • Tiered storage amounts – allowing you to pay for what you’ll really use. However, it is capped at 16 TB.

SugarSync

SugarSync operates on a similar model to Dropbox, and is very feature competitive with Dropbox.

  • Start at 1 TB (1000 GB) of storage, and add space as needed

  • Extensive administrator features to manage data users

  • Fully encrypted, both at rest and in transit.

SkyDrive

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s offering in the cloud storage space. Although a relatively new competitor, SkyDrive offers some unique features.

  • Excellent Windows integration

  • Tiered storage amount

  • Full encryption and data security

Zoolz Business

Zoolz is looking to revolutionize business cloud storage by offering very low costs, coupled with professional features.

  • Start at 1 TB (1000 GB) of storage, at one of the lowest prices per month

  • Full data encryption and security

  • AWS backend core

Box for Business

Box is one of the leaders in Cloud Storage solutions. They advertise their service as being an alternative to an FTP server.

  • FTP alternative for faster access

  • Extensive sharing features

  • Full data encryption and security

Building Your Own

Building your own server is another option, as discussed in the article: Building Your Own Cloud Storage: Cost and Effectiveness. It has some distinct advantages and disadvantages.

  • Customize amount of storage needed

  • No monthly fee

  • More difficult to share

  • More difficult to access

Amazon Web Services and Other Cloud Solutions

Some cloud storage solutions, such as DropBox and Zoolz are built on the AWS backend core. This means that they are using Amazon servers and services in order to provide you a service. This is done in order to remove much of the complexity from AWS. In order to deal directly with Amazon, I would recommend that you are a very large corporation, with massive cloud storage needs. Amazon does not want to work directly with small business.

Small business who wish to use AWS should look to options such as DropBox and Zoolz.

Conclusions

There are many different options in the cloud storage field. Choosing the correct one depends on a certain number of variables:

  • Massive cloud storage needs? Choose Amazon or Box

  • Just need cloud storage a bit above consumer level? Choose Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Dropbox.

  • Looking for a middle ground solution? Choose DropBox, Zoolz, or SugarSync. Alternatively, consider building your own cloud server.

 

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