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Which cloud storage to choose?

Previously, the choice of cloud storage was scarce - users had to trust data from SkyDrive or Dropbox. However, starting in 2013, new cloud services began to appear one after another. Which “cloud” is the best at the moment?

Important data can be stored on external media - hard drives, USB-sticks, even on floppy disks. However, the safety of information in this case will be constantly at risk, because a physical object is easy to lose. If the USB-card contains confidential information about the organization’s activities, competitors can steal the USB flash drive - which will cause huge damage to the company.

For these reasons, USB sticks are a thing of the past - just like disks and floppy disks did. They are being replaced by cloud data storages that allow you to access files at any time and from any computer. In this article, we will give a rating of cloud storage and talk about the advantages and weaknesses of various services.

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What is cloud storage?

Cloud storage is an online storage within which user data is distributed across multiple servers. The user does not know the structure and location of the servers; from his point of view, the “cloud” is a large virtual flash card, the information on which is password protected.

Using cloud storage is quite simple: a person needs to register at one of the sites offering data storage services, remember the username / password, and then upload valuable information “to the Internet”. When the information turns out to be necessary for him, he visits the same site from any PC or mobile gadget, logs in and gets access to the information.

Cloud services have many advantages over other data storage methods:

  • The user does not risk losing information irretrievably in the event of a failure of the computer or gadget.
  • It’s convenient to share information from the “cloud” - you can send links to individual files via mail or social networks .
  • The user only has to pay for large amounts of memory. If his needs are small, he has the right to limit himself to the free quota provided by almost all the storages.
  • The user can set up file sharing and, as a result, organize online collaboration with data.

When it comes to the disadvantages of cloud storage, users first of all express doubts about whether such services are able to guarantee the confidentiality of the information entrusted to them. An example is the well-known incident that happened with Dropbox in 2011 - when after updating anyone could log into any account using a random password. Of course, you can’t vouch for the reliability of all cloud storage - that’s why it is so important to carefully and carefully choose the service for storing information.

Top cloud storage: which service to choose?

The best cloud storage services include the following services:

Google drive

  • Free space : 15 GB.
  • Maximum size of one file : 5 TB.
  • The maximum amount of space : 30 Tb.
  • Mobile OS Compatibility : Supported on Android above 4.4 and iOS above 8.0.

The service is quite young - it was launched only in 2012. However, despite this, Google Drive (aka Google Drive ) has already managed to achieve well-deserved worldwide popularity and the laurels of one of the most convenient cloud storage.

The convenience of Google Drive is that this "cloud" is integrated with all other services from Google - of which there are a huge number. For example, a user can send a message to the Gmail inbox with one click and save the photo uploaded to the “cloud” in the Google Photos application. In addition, Google Drive allows the user to open and edit Google Docs documents.

A curious feature is the Google Drive app for Android - it is able to crawl documents . Just click the “Scan” button and take a photo of the document - the PDF file will appear in the “My Disk” section.

Google Drive speaks in favor of a large number of supported file formats (over 30), the ability to configure offline access to documents, support for the SSL protocol, which guarantees the security of stored information. Active users of the Google ecosystem services do not even need to think about finding another cloud storage - Google Drive will arrange them 100%!

Premium Subscription Cost:

100 GB

1 TB

10 TB

20 TB

30 TB

139 rub / month

699 rub / month

6 990 rub. / month

13 990 rub. / month

20 990 rub. / month

Official Google Drive website


Yandex.Disk

  • Free space : 3 GB with expandability up to 10 GB .
  • Maximum size of one file : 10 GB (when using the program) / 2 GB (when downloading via the browser).
  • The maximum amount of space : 1 TB.
  • Mobile OS Compatibility : Supported on Android above 4.0.3, iOS above 8.0, Windows Phone 7/8, and on Symbian 9.3.

From the point of view of disk space limitations, the Russian Yandex.Disk service looks completely uncompetitive in comparison with Google Drive cloud storage. In particular, instead of 15 "free" gigabytes, the user is provided with only 3 gigabytes. Another 7 GB can be obtained for participating in the referral program, but not every user wants to spam their friends. The maximum disk space for one account is also small - only 1 TB ( Google has 30 TB). Nevertheless, it is Yandex.Disk that is considered the most popular “cloud” among domestic users. For what reasons?

Yandex.Disk has other advantages than the service from Google , and they are important for a Russian. In the “cloud” from Yandex, for example, it is possible to upload photos and videos from the social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki directly , without using additional software. Cloud storage is integrated with various services from Yandex, is able to integrate with the office suite Microsoft Office 2013 , as well as connect to televisions equipped with the SmartTV function.

In addition, Yandex.Disk has the right to boast of its cross-platform - there are web clients and mobile applications not only for iOS , Android , Windows , but also for Linux and Symbian .

At the same time, Google’s specialists are only working on the Linux version of their cloud storage, and apparently they don’t intend to release applications for Windows Phone and Symbian at all. Among domestic users of mobile technology, there are a lot of fans of Nokia and its smartphones working on just the two OSs mentioned earlier - mobile Google Drive is not available to these users.

As a result, we can say that the popularity of Yandex.Disk in Russia is caused not only by the desire of users to support the domestic brand, but also by the presence of quite tangible advantages over foreign services.

Premium Subscription Cost:

10 GB

100 GB

1 TB

300 rub / year

800 rub / year

2000 rub. / year

Official site Yandex.Disk


One drive

  • Free space : 5 GB.
  • Maximum size of one file : 10 GB.
  • The maximum amount of space : 5 TB.
  • Compatibility with mobile OS : supported on Android above 4.0, iOS above 9.0, Windows Phone 7/8, on Symbian Belle and on MeeGo 1.2.

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage is a true dinosaur. This service has been operating since 2007, but until 2014 it was familiar to users under the name SkyDrive . We had to go for renaming because of a lawsuit with the television company BSkyB , which accused Microsoft of plagiarism.

Unfortunately, recently the “cloud” of OneDrive has become more and more rapidly losing ground and giving way to similar services from Google and other developers. The fact that in 2016 Microsoft reduced the amount of free space in its cloud storage from 15 GB to 5 GB did not clearly add OneDrive popularity. Microsoft's “cloud” does not have any outstanding advantages over analogues - the main advantages of this service are integration with Office 365 and the ability to organize simultaneous work on documents online. Alas, other services also provide access to documents, but in addition to this, they offer a lot of other “goodies”.

It is advisable to continue to store information in OneDrive only to those users who turned to the services of this service before the 2016 reforms. 15 free gigabytes are still available to owners of old accounts.

Premium Subscription Cost:

50 GB

1 TB (for one user)

5 TB (for 5 users)

72 rub / month

269 ​​rub / month

339 rub / month

OneDrive Official Website


Mega

  • Free space : 50 GB.
  • Maximum size of one file : unlimited (when downloading from a browser - 2 GB).
  • The maximum amount of space : 4 TB.
  • Compatibility with mobile OS : supported on Android above 4.0, iOS above 7.0, Windows Phone 7/8, BlackBerry 10.

Just think it over - 50 free gigabytes ! While competitors offer only 10-15 GB ! About the Mega cloud storage - the brainchild of the New Zealand company of the same name - I want to talk so much that it would be enough for several articles.

The "cloud" Mega is not only remarkable for its large amount of free space. Its main advantage has always been security. Actually, the creation of Mega developer Kim Dotcom was prompted by the scandalous revelations of Edward Snowden, who said that American citizens can only dream about the confidentiality of information. Mega uses end-to-end encryption : data is encrypted even in the browser - as a result, the Mega program itself does not know what information the user has uploaded to disk.

However, Kim Dotkom himself undermined the credibility of his brainchild, saying in 2015 that personal information is in danger and users should urgently make backups.

According to the creator of the service, the company experienced significant pressure from the US government, and this pressure was expressed mainly in the refusal to cooperate with Mega of all payment systems, including PayPal . In fact, the start-up was doomed to exist without any cash receipts. In the end, Kim Dotkom announced the unfriendly takeover of the company by Chinese investors and left - in his own words, to develop a competitor program for Mega .

The story with Mega resembles a conspiracy thriller. Each user must decide for himself whether to trust the personal data of a company with such an ambiguous reputation. It is worth noting that, apart from the Dotcom itself, no one complained about the safety of information in Mega .

Premium Subscription Cost:

200 GB

500 GB

2 Tb

4 Tb

4.99 euro / month

€ 9.99 / month

19,99 euro / month

29,99 euro / month

Official Mega Website


Cloud Mail.ru

  • Free space : 25 GB.
  • Maximum size of one file : 2 GB (when buying a place - 32 GB).
  • The maximum amount of space : 4 TB.
  • Compatibility with mobile OS : supported on Android above 4.0, iOS above 7.0, Windows Phone above 8th version.

The Cloud Mail.ru service, having appeared in 2013, immediately pleased users with an attraction of unprecedented generosity - each was provided with 100 free gigabytes. Later, the free space was reduced to 16 GB, then increased to 25 GB - this limit is still relevant.

The advantages of Cloud Mail.ru include not only a large amount of free space. The service is capable of boasting high speed of loading and unloading for domestic users, as well as cross-platform - “ Mail.ru Cloud ”, for example, it is accessible to advanced users, on whose computers Linux is installed .

It is worth mentioning the shortcomings of the service. According to user reviews, Cloud Mail.ru is very buggy and often crashes when launched on older versions of Windows.

Also, users complain that Mail.ru Group, in addition to its cloud storage, performs a hidden installation of various toolbars and agents - however, this is already a familiar story.

Premium Subscription Cost:

64 GB

128 GB

256 GB

512 GB

1 TB

2 Tb

4 Tb

690 rub / year

1 490 rub. / year

2 290 rub. / year

3 790 rub. / year

6 990 rub. / year

13 900 rub. / year

27 900 rub. / year

Official site Cloud Mail.ru


Conclusion

The choice of users who are not afraid that their data will be stolen by foreign intelligence services is obvious - Google Drive is the most convenient cloud storage that gives an impressive amount of free space for free. Users who wish to support the domestic manufacturer should pay attention to Yandex.Disk and Cloud Mail.ru. Both services, however, have very significant drawbacks: the Yandex cloud provides little disk space, and the Mail product is still quite raw.

I would like to note that there is no Dropbox in the rating - one of the founders of cloud technologies. The disadvantage of Dropbox is that it offers only 2 GB of free space - a trifle by now. In addition, the cloud service does not show flexibility in the purchase of additional space; individuals are offered only 1 tariff. Otherwise, as disrespect for users, it is difficult to regard it.

Comment

3 comments

  • I advise you to carefully look at the paid pСloud
    https://www.pcloud.com/welcome-to-pcloud/?discountcode=ULnTavsgm5H3AOJ1Y1AT1fZV
    From the pros:
    - ultimatum high download speed;
    - lack of restrictions on file size;
    - convenient web-based interface and clients;
    - Support for playlists and playback of various media formats, including FLAC!
    And all this at very affordable prices. I liked the service so much that I am considering their main offer - the purchase of 2TV for 99 years for 250 ye.

  • If you choose, then not mail.ru. These deceivers take away 1TB clouds donated forever during the action. So, someone will give you a present, and then he will take it away, what can you say about such a person? So the mail.ru service they are.