There is no one best service, not even by a long stretch. As you can probably tell, we’re big Google fans. At a time when online social networking is becoming the way that people live both at home and work, Google Docs’ second-to-none collaboration and seamless storage capabilities have positioned it at the fore of what people will be needing tomorrow. A conventional backup model, even applied to the cloud, is based on 20th century computing paradigms. Google grasped the future earlier and has developed it better than anyone else in this space, and most of the rewards of that vision are completely free for consumers. Does Docs do everything we want the way we want it done? No, not yet. We’re not yet ready to move into the cloud and abandon local storage. But we’re getting there.
For today, we suspect that using two or three cloud storage services for different parts of your life is the way to go. Just in this office alone, we use Docs, Mesh, SkyDrive, MobileMe, and Mozy. In time, we expect this to consolidate, but it’s a workable mix, even now. We encourage you to find your own best blend of cloud services. The utility is great, and having that online resource guarding your data might just save your digital life sooner than you’d like to think.
|Vendor||Account Type||Cost||Focus||File Size Limit||Total Capacity Limit||Sharing?|
|Box.net||Individual||$9.95/month||Productivity||1 GB||10 GB||Yes|
|Box.net||Business||$15/user/month||Productivity||2 GB||15 GB / User||Yes|
|Google||Docs, etc..||Free to 1GB, $1 per 4GB after||Productivity||1 GB||1 GB For Docs||Yes|
|i365||EVaults SaaS||Variable, $99 setup, starts at $285/month for 100GB||Backup||Unlimited||Unlimited||No|
|Mediafire||Free||Free||Hosting / Streaming||200 MB||Unlimited||Yes|
|MediaFire||Gold||$49.97 For 1TB Bandwith||Hosting / Streaming||2 GB||Unlimited||Yes|
|Microsoft||Live Mesh||free||Synchronization||5 GB||5 GB||Yes|
|Microsoft||SkyDrive||Free||Storage||50 MB||25 GB||Yes|