20 September, 2011

15 most popular FREE cloud storage providers

Well,there is a Huge list of cloud storage providers available over the internet,most of them charge monthly subscription fees while there are some free options also.Cloud-storage offers several applications in today's always connected world - backup and synchronization,performance, Geo-location and Geo-replications are some of them.

What is cloud Storage?
Cloud storage is a online storage area that uses multiple virtual servers to store data, which are generally hosted by 3rd parties, rather than being hosted on dedicated servers.A typical cloud storage system architecture includes a master control server and several storage servers.

This is compiled list of 15 most popular FREE cloud storage providers which are free and have paid options too.

1.Dropbox



Dropbox provide free storage space from 2GB and you can get 250 MB (up to 8 GB) by inviting every one new user through their referral mechanism.Unlimited file size.
Support Win,Linux based OS,Mac as well as iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.

2. Box.net
box.net has 5Gb of free cloud storage with a maximum file size of 25 Mb.
It is compatible with the Microsoft images, files, mp3 files, Photoshop, flash video and many other applications.
Premium options - 25GB storage space for a $10/month .You can also opt for 50GB storage $20 per month.
3.Amazon CloudDrive

AmazonCloudDrive gives 5GB free storage space ( 20GB with an mp3 album purchase) with maximum file size of 2Gb
You can also get additional storage space by paying $1 per GB/year.

4.SugarSync
 SugarSync offers 5 GB free cloud storage, and if your friend uses your referral link to sign up, you’ll earn a 500 MB bonus, up to 5 GB.
SugarSync supports Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian mobile phones.

5.Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One Features:
Free Storage: 5 GB
Platforms: Windows, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android
Efficiency: Offline music on android.
Security: No encryption

6.Windows Live SkyDrive

Windows Live Skydrive offers a hefty 25 GB free storage space to all users.You are given three folder options: Personal, Public and Private. Sky Drive is integrated with Hotmail.You can keep your shared files as read-only or can give editing rights to the other users.

7.iDrive

IDrive offers 5GB free storage for users, supports multiple languages, and works for Mac, Windows and iPhone.Maximum file size is unlimited.

8.TeamDrive

TeamDrive Features:
Free Storage: 2 GB
Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
This service has support for Windows, Mac and Linux
Speed: Auto sync & backup.Security: ULD & AES-256 encryption

9.ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive has Free SloudStorage: 2 GB
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, Palm Pre
Efficiency: auto sync, works offline.
iTune integration
10.MiMedia

Mimedia is nice in order to have an Free space about 7GB. Paid plans start at $9.99 per month or $99 per year for 250GB of storage.Mimedia supports only Windows but the other OS users can upload and access their data using the web interface.

11.Humyo
 Free humyo account provides free 10GB online storage. The free storage space is split into two parts – 5GB for media files (Photos, Videos, Music) and the rest of the 5 GB for non-media files.

12.Binfire
Binfire offers a free 10 GB online storage space for all your files, which can accessed from a intuitive web interface.Binfire also lets you create and share multiple folders with your friends and family. You can also send emails right from within the Binfire account.

13.wuala
 If you need more storage than 25 GB, check out how to score 50 GB free storage space online from Wuala.Wuala runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and even in your browser thanks to the portability of the Java programming framework

14.Google Docs
Google Docs give you a free storage space of 1 GB. Google cloud service include google code, blogger, google sites, Google Cloud Connect .and Google music.

15.Syncplicity
The free option of Syncplicity will provide you 2 GB cloud storage, and for each friend who accepts your invite, you will get 1 GB, for up to 3GB extra.
Syncplicity is supported for Mac and Windows.

Recommended
Most of the services has their sync software which you need to download and install.But Windows Live SkyDrive has hefty 25 GB free storage space.There is absolutely no need to install and configure a desktop client. All you have to do is log into the Windows Live Skydrive account wit your Live ID and you can just drag & drop files into the folders.


This is not the end of list,there are some other options available which are new and provide interesting free options.
Which storage service you use for backup i would love to know?


2 comments:

  1. These cloud storage providers are really helpful in storing the files safely in Internet.And one important thing is during the last few years, many cloud storage companies have been launched in providing their services with best plans.U have shared a great post which would help to know all the free cloud storage providers at one place.

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  2. DropBox and SugarSync are the best cloud storage companies.
    Their systems are reliable, but easy to use.
    Use this link to open a DropBox account & you will get an additional 250Mb of free space.
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    Use this link to open a SugarSync account & you will get an additional 500Mb of free space.
    https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=bixpe4rkf9o8v&utm_source=txemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=referral

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