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Top 5 Online Cloud Storage Services

Cloud storage services are gaining popularity and momentum as they promise to protect you for a reasonable price.


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Managing storage for you computers over time can become cumbersome. With hard drives now at 2 TB and beyond, we are storing more and more data on our computers. Keeping this data safe in the event of a disaster, theft or computer crash is really important. Cloud storage services are gaining popularity and momentum as they promise to protect you for a reasonable price.

The days are gone of buying hard drives just to back-up your data. Simply leave your computer running and allow an encrypted backup to happen automatically or save documents and spreadsheets in the cloud. Let the experts manage your storage so you can concentrate on your earning money with your business model. Below is a short list of my favorite online cloud storage providers.

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  1. Google Docs - Google Docs is a free cloud platform that allows you to share, build and save your documents online. Examples include the following: word processor, spreadsheet and presentations. Google Docs empowers its users to create and edit documents online in addition to collaboration with users in real-time.


  2. Dropbox - Sharing and synchronization of data happens through folders you create. On your computer, you simply drag and drop files or cut and paste files to your Dropbox folder. The files are automatically synchronized to the Cloud and synchronized to all the other computers that have Dropbox installed. Dropbox provides you with 2 GB of space for free and you can upgrade to 50 GB or 100 GB for 9.99 and 19.99, respectively.
  3. Carbonite - Managing backups can be a nightmare. Carbonite takes the nightmare out of the equation. For $55.00 a year, install Carbonite and Carbonite will monitor and backup your computer with an encrypted connection to the Cloud. Files can be restored easily and you can access files via mobile devices. Carbonite provides you with a business option as well.
  4. Mozy - Mozy is another backup service that protects your computers for a yearly price. They have two editions: MozyHome and MozyPro. One caters to consumers and the other caters to business.
  5. iCloud - iCloud is a Cloud OS that follows you anywhere you go as long as you have an Internet connection. What I love about iCloud is their Super Drive offering. For 39.99 per year you get a 100 GB storage drive for your iCloud OS that you can mount to your computer, mobile phone, or iPad device.

These are 5 of my favorite online cloud storage devices. Let's start a thread below. What are your favorite online cloud storage services and why.

 



   
Steven S. Warren is a writer in Florida. He is the author of The VMware Workstation 5 Handbook and held the Microsoft MVP award for 8 consecutive years. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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