Google announced its cloud storage to much applause. With all its Google Docs integration and free space, Google Drive is certainly a fabulous option. However, it’s best suited for a power user.
You might be looking for a far simpler alternative that does not involve handing over your information to Google.
Consider our list of “15 truly reliable alternatives before you sign on Google’s dotted line.
DropBox made an early entry into the cloud storage game and has had time to become compatible with almost every platform. Users can create a magic folder in which they can store any number of programs and services. However, free space is only 2 GB to start with, which is on the lower side when compared to other cloud storage services.
2. Microsoft SkyDrive
SkyDrive is an attractive option given the 7GB free space. The best part of this service is that you can share your entire computer with the cloud. Of course, it’s a Microsoft product which means you have Office integration. You cannot use any Android apps with it. Mobile apps lack appeal.
Box is a file-sharing service that’s especially useful for businesses. Individuals can use this product, but features such as desktop sync are available only for businesses, along with account management and monitoring tools. Businesses can also integrate into enterprise identity services.
SugarSync is great for both individual and business users. It allows fine control over data syncing that other cloud services don’t have. SugarSync allows you to sync anything, not just the system’s own folder. You also have access to highly-evolved iOS apps. Best of all, it offers space of 500 GB, the largest available online storage locker. The tool usage is definitely more complex than DropBox.
Cubby is simple to use and allows easy and flexible syncing. It also allows you to bypass the cloud and share folders between two computers. Upto 5GB is free, beyond which the pricing is variable depending on your storage needs.
6. Mozzy Stash
If you want to integrate your cloud backup accounts with your sync accounts, Mozzy Stash is a good tool for you. Its features are simple, but you must know your accounts and backup information well before using Mozzy. The tool is not very user-friendly.
Wuala has good security features though it’s not the best for day-to-day operations. If you want to make sure that even the Government cannot get into your files, use Wuala – all of Wuala’s data is hosted in Germany, Switzerland, and France countries that boast the strictest privacy regulations.
8. Apple iCloud
If you’re a Mac user, Apple’s iCloud is the way to go. You can store your music and media anywhere on the cloud and access it from anywhere. There’s a 5GB of free space throw in as well, plus integration with OS X and iOS devices.
YouSendIt is a cloud service that makes it possible for you to send files that are 40 times larger than your standard email would allow. You can access YouSendIt from any computing device, desktop or handheld, and integrate it with Outlook.
10. Ubuntu One
Ubuntu One offers free sync service along with 5GB of free storage space. You can store safely and access it from anywhere. You can also stream music from the cloud through your smartphone. Plus you get Android and iOS file apps for file and photo management from your smartphone.
If you’re looking to share your digital life with others, CloudMe is the tool for you. You can upload music and pictures, stream music on your handheld, and have your uploaded files constantly available in the cloud. Access is via hashed one-way password; that means if you lose your password, CloudMe won’t be able to retrieve it for you.
ownCloud is open source; so you can not only use this cloud service, but also customize it to your use. You can install your own servers and use the service safely inside your company, with data under your secure control.
The ADrive Cloud allows you to manage, edit, share and backup your files online from anywhere at any time. You can transfer files up to 16GB and also set expiration date on file sharing.
JungleDisk is a robust business-class tool for desktop and server syncing in real time, file sharing and backing up. This tool is designed for teams and users to use among multiple computers with ease. Data can be accessed via any browser from anywhere.
15. Amazon’s Cloud Drive
Amazon Cloud offers 5GB free space, live music streaming and a host of web servers that ensure one of the best cloud storage services in the world. You can download your cloud files and edit them on any system. File sizes are limited to 2GB. If you have a Kindle, the Amazon Cloud Drive makes great sense.
Author Bio: This article is written by Dean of Invesp.com that helps business in increasing effectiveness of their marketing campaigns.