We tested five cloud-based storage
services under real-world conditions. We set up accounts, connected with the vendor storage network, uploaded and downloaded files, measured
performance and analyzed cost structures. Our conclusions are that cloud-based storage can save you money. And cloud-based storage can be fast.
However, there are still security concerns that you need to be aware of. And since pricing is based on a variety of variables, it may be tricky to determine
in advance what your total costs will be.
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