There are hundreds, if not thousands of cloud storage providers on the market right now all claiming that their software is the right choice for you. It’s impossible to test all of them out, so you really have to be a savvy consumer and know what to look for when it comes to cloud storage. The first step is of course finding out what you NEED for your cloud storage. A place to start is space. Will you need a small package, like an extra 60GB? Or perhaps a larger package like 250GB. Another aspect a lot of shoppers don’t think about is whether or not they will have to sync multiple devices up to their cloud storage or not. Some providers don’t have this feature, while others do, but will charge you more. All of this needs to be taken into consideration when shopping for the right cloud storage provider.
Two big names in the cloud storage world are Crashplan and Carbonite. These two are well known because they are perfect the consumer who doesn’t really know how much or how little he/she will need to be storing. Both Crashplan and Carbonite offer unlimited storage – this is pretty uncommon. When you look at another provider like MyPcBackup, they say that they offer unlimited storage but it is secretly capped at 500GB; the only way to raise this cap is to pay more. So like I said, you must be a savvy consumer and do your research.
When it comes down to it, both Crashplan and Carbonite are very similar besides for one very big detail – simplicity. If you are new to cloud storage and don’t quite have a good grasp on the lingo, the features, etc. then it’s important that you find a provider with a simple interface that is easy to learn and navigate. Crashplan is known for having one of the most complicated interfaces because they have a loyal user-base that is familiar with their product and can get around just fine, but to new users, it can be very overwhelming. This is why Carbonite would be the better choice; everything is straightforward, neat, and very easy to learn. MyPcBackup is also known for its simplicity.
Pricing is another aspect of cloud storage that could easily determine who you shop with. Surprisingly, a lot of providers are very different about their pricing. Crashplan and Carbonite obviously makes things simple by offering an unlimited amount at around $6 a month whereas MyPcBackup gives you a little more customization by offering 250GB for $4.95 a month, or an annual fee of $118.85.
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