Cloud Storage Lives Up to the Hype

Pay-as-you-go cloud-based storage can be inexpensive and fast. Check out the pros and cons of five cloud-based storage services, tested under real-world conditions.

Pay-as-you-go cloud-based storage can be inexpensive and fast. Check out the pros and cons of five cloud-based storage services, tested under real-world conditions.

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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