Four Excellent Dropbox Alternatives for Your Small-Business Storage Needs
From extra security to advanced collaboration, these consumer cloud storage providers cater to your professional needs.
Fri, August 16, 2013
PC World — Dropbox revolutionized the way we share information, and no enterprises have enjoyed the benefits more than small businesses. Cloud storage has enabled them to access critical data from the road, work across geographic boundaries, easily share large files, and do away with costly physical infrastructure.
But while Dropbox and other popular cloud-storage providers are adequate for the average consumer, most services don't meet small-business needs for security, affordability, real-time collaboration, and lots of file storage. Here are some Dropbox alternatives that do. Like Dropbox, each offers an easy-to-use interface, 2GB of free storage, and drag-and-drop syncing, and any are guaranteed to be a boon to your business.
Free storage: 2GB
Pricing: $100/year for 100GB, $600/year for 1TB (100 users per TB)
Best for: Security
For better or worse, Dropbox has become emblematic of cloud security issues. Not only has the service been hacked, it has also made security mistakes such as accidentally turning off password authentication for millions of users. Although there will always be a certain amount of risk with cloud storage, some services out there make an extra effort to protect your data.
SpiderOak features a desktop client (available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) that allows you to store and access files through a special interface. Like Dropbox, SpiderOak also installs a folder on your computer where you can drag and drop files you want synced to the SpiderOak server. These files are accessible through the desktop client, SpiderOak's website, and its apps for Android and iOS.
Free storage: 15GB
Pricing: $5/month for 100GB, $10/month for 200GB, $20/month for 400GB, $50/month for 1TB, $100/month for 2TB, $200/month for 4TB, $400/month for 8TB, $800/month for 16TB
Best for: Collaboration
Google's cloud storage system, Google Drive, looks pretty attractive on the surface. After all, the service offers 15GB of free storage space--more than seven times the amount of free space Dropbox offers. But that 15GB limit is deceptive because it includes your Gmail account and any pictures you've stored on Google+. And, while Google Drive offers up to 16TB of online storage space, that option will cost you almost $10,000 a year.