With cloud storage you can carry around large amount of information and access it from anywhere due to highly successful file hosting services. Dropbox has remained a giant in this sector but there are other options that have equally attractive features when it comes to file sharing. This Techspirited article provides the top alternatives to Dropbox.
Steve Jobs launched iCloud in response to Dropbox and in a keynote speech he openly mentioned he wanted to ‘kill’ Dropbox with iCloud. It never happened as Dropbox currently has 300 million users in 200 countries and saves one billion files every day.
Drew Houston founder of Dropbox got his eureka moment when he could not access his files during meetings as he had the regretful habit of forgetting his USB stick, he backed up his files on a server and wrote a program to privately access them from anywhere and that’s how he conceived the incredible idea of creating Dropbox for file sharing.
Founded in June 2007 and officially launched in September 2008 at the TechCrunch50 conference the online storage platform serves as an online storage locker for files, which can be retrieved and modified from any connected device or via the company’s web page. The features include storage space on free as well as paid basis, tracking and deletion of files, and synced versions with multiple devices. With a growing million users each year, it continues to hold the maximum space in online storing. Given below are other popular options in the web world that one can try out for syncing and file storing.
Developer: Apple Inc.
Operating Platform: OS X (10.7 Lion & Later)
Microsoft Windows 7 or later
iOS 5 or later
- Launched on 12th October, 2011, it allows storage of photos, music, documents, reminders, backup, ibooks, notes, and contacts.
- With Find my Friends one can share one’s location with family and friends and Find my iphone allows the users to accurately locate their device if stolen.
- iCloud keychain allows access to website login passwords, Wi-Fi network passwords, credit/debit card management (though without CVV), and auto-fill on webpages securely for quick access from anywhere.
- iCloud for work allows to create web documents online with Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer web browsers.
- Allows users to remotely acces files from other computers that are configured with Back to my Mac with the same Apple ID.
- Photo Stream allows automatic upload of photos to iCloud and 30 days free of charge storage for 1,000 recent photos, users can also view their pictures wirelessly on HDTV as the service is integrated to Apple TV.
Cost: 5 GB of free storage: on an iOS device using iOS 5.x or later, or a Mac using OS X Lion 10.7 or later. Additional charges applied for 20GB, 200GB, 500GB or 1TB.
Developer: SugarSync, Inc
Operating Platform: Microsoft Windows
- Launched in November, 2009, it allows storage and syncing of files, anytime access, password protection for publicly shared documents, and editing and creation of files from any device.
- Remote wipe allows users to delete synchronized files in case of theft or loss.
- Simple functioning allows users an easy handling.
Cost: In December 2013, it discontinued its 5 GB of free storage plan and has upgraded to paid plans for 100GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1000GB, and custom plans on monthly and yearly basis.
Developer: CloudMe AB
Operating Platform: Microsoft Windows
Mac OS 10.4 and later
Samsung Smart TV
NAS: Windows Storage Server
- Launched in 2012, it allows storage and syncing of files, anytime access, social media updates, building a music library, backup on photos, and a special blue folder that can be synchronized with connected computers and devices.
Cost: Free storage up to 1-19GB and charges are applied on monthly basis for 10GB, 25GB, 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB. 2 TB and 5 TB for provided for business.
Developers: Dominik Grolimund, Luzius Meisser
Operating Platform: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Linux, Mac OS X 10.4 and greater, Android, iOS
- Launched on 14th August, 2008, it allows storage and syncing of files, anytime access, private sharing, multiple syncing of files, and restoration of deleted files.
Cost: The service is provided on a paid basis from 11th June, 2014 on a monthly basis for 5GB, 20GB, 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
Developers: Aaron Levie, Dylan Smith, Sam Ghods, Jeff Queisser
Operating Platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, WebOS, and Windows Phone devices
- It was launched in 2005, the features include 3 types of account: Enterprise, Business and Personal. Additional features such as unlimited storage, custom branding, and administrative controls depend on choosing one of the three accounts. Systems like Google apps, NetSuite, and Salesforce can be merged with Box.
- Users can save multiple editions of a file for reference download and use the same sharing link, even as new variants are uploaded. A user can comment on uploaded files or start a discussion around a folder, privacy can be maintained as to who can view or edit specific files in your business circle. Users can set password-protection on individual files and expiration dates on shared folders.
Cost: Free storage up to 10GB and charges are applied on monthly basis for above 100GB.
Operating Platform: Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, Android, iOS
- It was launched on 24th April, 2012. Apart from syncing and storage of numerous amounts of files, the features include a built-in office suite to edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from anywhere. The service also has a large collection third-party apps that can broadcast faxes or sign documents.
Cost: Free storage up to 15GB and charges are applied on monthly basis for 100GB, 1TB, 10TB, 20TB, and 30TB.
Website: Google Drive
Operating Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox apps
- It was launched on 1st August, 2007. Apart from syncing and storage of files, the features include users to upload, create, edit and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents directly within a web browser. Additionally, Office Online allows multiple users to instantly co-author Excel documents on a web browser, and co-author OneNote documents with various web users or desktop applications.
- It allows viewing PDF documents, as well as written documents in the Open Document Format (ODF), an XML-based file format supported by a number of word processing applications, including Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and Corel’s WordPerfect.
Cost: Free storage up to 15GB and charges are applied on monthly basis for above 100GB.
Developers: TeamDrive Systems GmbH
Operating Platform: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux,
- It was launched in 2005. Apart from syncing and storage of files, the features include secure version of online file sharing services which uses AES-256 algorithm for encryption. Users have a choice between hosted services and own server or pre-installed TeamDrive cloud, remote backup service, and groupware.
Cost: Free storage up to 2GB and charges are applied on monthly basis for above 100GB.
Dropbox has its limitations and users are always on the lookout for more comfortable and faster accessibility, more storage space, customized server hosting, remote access, and secure file storage. These above alternatives provide a fresh alternative towards cloud storage for personal as well as business functions.