Services that let you operate your business from the cloud
By AdFeatures | Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 08:18
If your business finds that having a finite amount of file storage space is inconvenient, there is an alternative to relying on your computers’ combined hard drive space and an expensive server. The advent of cloud computing has changed the way that businesses large and small store files. How it works is that files can be stored in a secure location online and can be accessed safely by employees from any computer or laptop with an internet connection. A number of technology companies have their own dedicated cloud services. Here are three of the best:
- Egnyte – one of the first companies to push cloud storage, its Hybrid Cloud service combines both online and local storage, which is perfect for uploading large files to the cloud. Perhaps the best thing about their service is that, although they don’t offer a basic free package, their most expensive package is as low as $12.99 per user per month when you have a minimum of 25 users, and it’s also very easy to use. There’s also no limit on the size of individual files.
- Dropbox – like Egnyte, they offer a comprehensive cloud storage service. They have a free service which offers up to 18GB of storage, a Pro package with a 500GB limit and a Teams package with over 1TB of space for larger businesses. The paid-for packages don’t offer too much in terms of value for money, which is something all businesses would like, while its tools are a little basic.
- Google Drive – one of the new kids on the block, the search engine giant has a similar basic free package to Dropbox, and it offers storage packages between 20GB and a massive 16TB, with prices ranging from just $2.49 per month to a heftier $800 for the largest package. Great value for money is one thing, but the fact that any files made with Google Docs don’t actually count towards the file storage total is an added bonus.