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Cloud File Systems: Which is Right for Your Business

Learning about the different cloud file systems and the pros and cons of each can be overwhelming. After all, not all cloud file systems are created equal. So which one is right for you or your business? 

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive review of some of the top cloud storage options currently on the market. Keep reading to find the perfect choice for you! You can learn more about organizing your files in this blog post.  

Dropbox 

Dropbox was one of the first file-syncing options on the market. It’s a simple, easy-to-use platform with improved security measures

Price

Dropbox has several price options available, depending on what amount of storage you need as well as the features you’re looking for. As with most cloud file systems, you can start with a free “Basic” account. Their professional plans range from $16.58 per month to $20 per user each month. 

Capacity

Free accounts offer users 2GB in storage. Beyond that, you will find 2TB plans for personal use and unlimited space for larger professional teams. 

Mobile Accessibility 

Dropbox is available on almost all platforms, integrating with basically every web service or app. You can find Dropbox apps for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, and more. 

OneDrive 

OneDrive, owned by Microsoft, is the default online storage system for Office 365 and Windows 10. It’s known for capable web and mobile interfaces and perfectly integrates with the Microsoft suite. 

Price 

OneDrive Basic, designed for individual use and offering 5GB of storage, is free of charge and includes no additional office apps. The price steadily increases if you want more storage or perks, but the basic business account starts at $5 per month and 1TB of storage. A “Business Standard” account costs $12.50 per user per month. 

Capacity 

Business accounts enjoy anywhere from 5GB to unlimited storage. 

Mobile Accessibility 

OneDrive is accessible through Androids, Macs, PCs, iOS, and Xbox. Although Onedrive is a Microsoft product, they’ve worked hard to create a seamless experience on Apple products as well. 

Google Drive 

Google Drive is a full-featured syncing service known as a hub for productivity, collaboration, and generous storage. 

Price 

Google Drive is known for its affordable prices, especially compared to its competitors. Their “Standard” plan costs $2.99 per month, and their two “Premium” plans are $9.99 per month and $24.99 per month. Their most expensive tier is an enhanced “Premium,” which will set you back $149.99 per month. 

Capacity 

Depending on how much you are willing to pay, you can decide on the lowest capacity of 200 GB for $2.99 per month, or the highest, at $149.99 per month for 30TB. In between, there are options for 2TB, 5TB, 10TB, or 20TB of storage. 

Mobile Accessibility 

While Google Drive has mobile apps for viewing documents, the editing features on mobile phones are limited. 

iCloud 

iCloud is most popular with Apple device users and primarily focuses on Apple devices, but it can still be used on other platforms. 

Price 

iCloud offers three distinct paid tiers. You do receive 5GB of free storage when you sign up for iCloud, but you’ll need to pay for premium features. The paid tiers cost $0.99 per month, $2.99 per month, and $9.99 per month. 

Capacity 

If you want more than the free 5GB, you’ll need to choose a higher tier. In addition to other add-ons, you can enjoy 200GB or 2TB of storage, depending on your price range. Unfortunately, there isn’t an unlimited storage option at this time.  

Mobile Accessibility 

While iCloud has apps available on Apple devices, they don’t offer them to Android users. This may be inconvenient for most businesses and employees not fully integrated into the Apple ecosystem. 

Box

Box is a storage and file-syncing service that features unlimited storage for all business accounts.

Price 

Businesses can pay anywhere from $15 to $35 per user each month. However, with their customizable plan, you can determine your business needs and agree on a price with Box. 

Capacity 

With unlimited storage for all business accounts, you’ll always have a place for all your files. 

Mobile Accessibility 

Box is available through apps on both iPhone and Android. However, you’ll need to download the files and folders to your phone to edit. 

Choosing the Right Cloud File Systems for You

Use this guide to explore your options so you can focus more on running your business and less on how you’re going to store your files. Whether you’re looking for the most storage at an affordable price or seamless integration with your other apps, there’s a perfect cloud file system for your business. 

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