Cloud storage is something increasingly used by users on the Internet. Today we have a large amount of information always available on the network and that brings us important benefits, such as being able to access from anywhere, create backups or simply free up space. As we know there are many options available to us. In this article we are going to talk about which are the best cloud storage services.
Best cloud storage services
There are many platforms that we have at our disposal. Many services that offer us the ability to store data in the cloud and have it available from anywhere and on any device. Each of these services can offer a number of interesting functions, as well as have a greater storage capacity.
Perhaps Google Drive is the most popular cloud storage platform today. We already know that everything related to Google has a large number of users. In addition, in this case it offers very interesting functions, as well as compatibility with multiple platforms and operating systems, it is also very important to say that there is no limit of synchronized devices, we will simply have a limit of storage space in the cloud.
Beyond the payment plans available, we can have 15 GB for free. A capacity that will allow us to host files, backup copies and keep our important documents always available. In the event that you are interested in payment plans, the prices are as follows:
- 100GB of storage: € 1.99 per month or € 19.99 per year.
- 200GB of storage: € 2.99 per month or € 29.99 per year.
- 2TB of storage: € 9.99 per month or € 99.99 per year.
- 10TB of storage: € 99.99 per month
- 20TB of storage: € 199.99 per month
- 30TB of storage: € 299.99 per month
Some very important features of Google One (the paid version of Google Drive) are that it will allow us to share our storage space with up to 5 other members of our family. That is, if we decide to buy the 200GB storage subscription, we can add family members to use this storage capacity, exceeding the 15GB that we have for free.
We think the 200GB storage option to share with family members is one of the best deals out there today, although if you don’t need that much, you can always go for the 100GB storage version.
Dropbox is a classic. We are facing a very popular cloud storage service, which is present on many platforms and has a large number of users around the world. It does not stand out especially for its free storage size, which is 2 GB, but it does have different very interesting payment plans for users. Also, there are usually methods to gain more storage without paying.
In the event that you are interested in Dropbox payment plans, the price of the subscription for individuals includes 2TB of cloud storage for € 9.99 per month (but if you do it with the annual payment), if you want to pay monthly the price goes up to € 11.99 per month. Some very important features of Dropbox in its paid version are the following:
- It allows you to synchronize files and folders on as many devices as you want, we have no limitation as is the case with the free version.
- We can create shared folders and links, in addition, it allows you to send files up to 2GB in size with Dropbox Transfer.
- It allows to recover accounts from 30 days ago, and also allows a history of files from the last 30 days.
- We have folders without connection for mobiles, ideal to synchronize them over Wi-Fi and have them offline.
- It allows the remote deletion of accounts, and the search of text in the different documents that we have.
- As you have seen, Dropbox is a very good service, but we miss different payment plans, since we only have one for 2TB users, and another professional that incorporates 3TB of storage and other features such as a 180-day history.
Microsoft’s alternative is called OneDrive. As in the previous case, it does not stand out especially for its free storage, since it offers only 5 GB. However, it is an option widely used by users and it also has many plans with which we can expand the capacity. Especially for those who use Outlook as their email provider, OneDrive is an option to consider.
In the case of Microsoft’s paid plans, there are several plans that combine Office 365, which is really good news if you use Microsoft’s Office suite.
100GB of storage only on OneDrive: € 2 per month
Office 365 Personal: 1TB of storage
OneDrive storage and includes Office for PC and Mac (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) for a price of € 69 per year or € 7 per month.
Office 365 Home: 6TB of storage in OneDrive and includes Office for PC and Mac (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), allows you to add a total of 6 people to this account, the price is € 99 per year or € 10 per month.
We recommend that you access the official website of OneDrive plans where you will find all its features.
Less well known is the Box cloud storage platform. It is aimed at both private users and companies. It offers 10 GB free with a maximum size per file of 250MB, in addition to a series of plans with which to expand the capacity. One of the highlights is that they emphasize safety. We already know that it is a factor to be taken into account by users on the network.
Box has different really interesting pricing plans, aimed at both home users and businesses. If you decide to get a business plan, the annual subscription is interesting since it has a 5% discount compared to the “normal” price.
The price of the “Personal Pro” subscription is € 9 per month, and includes 100GB of storage with a maximum size per file of 5GB. With this plan it is not worth using Box, it is much better to go to any of the previous ones.
If you are a company, it could be interesting to use Box, since some plans include unlimited storage, although we have a load limit per individual file of 5GB. The pricing plans are as follows:
In certain cases it will be worth using Box, otherwise it is better to use any of the “big 3” such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive.
NextCloud is also quite popular. It is a cloud storage service that has many users and offers different options to synchronize our files on the Internet. It is also specially designed for companies and user groups. It has a number of storage plans that can be interesting.
NextCloud is only the file and folder synchronization software, if you install it on a remote VPS server, you will have the maximum capacity of the contracted VPS server. The same happens if you install it on a NAS server, that is, Nextcloud is a private cloud, where you must mount everything, but it is highly recommended if you want freedom when choosing a server and / or service provider.
pCloud has applications for multiple systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, Android or iOS, among others. It is an alternative that has gained popularity in recent years. It offers different plans for storing files on the network.
pCloud has two annual payment plans, but there is a very interesting plan that is for life. The annual payment plans are as follows:
500GB of storage for € 48 per year. It includes the ability to share links with other people, and even allows a 30-day recycle bin.
2TB of storage for € 96 per year. It includes the ability to share links with other people, and even allows a 30-day recycle bin.
There are two other very interesting plans that are “for life”, with a single payment and under the same conditions as the previous ones.
- 500GB of storage for € 175 one-time.
- 2TB of storage for € 350 one time.
- If you plan to use this service for a little over 3 years, it is clear that the pCloud “for life” plan is worth buying.
Mega is one of the best-known alternatives and it has more storage available for free. It allows you to host up to 50 GB without having to pay anything. It also offers multiple downloads and a fairly complete content management. This is one of the most used options by users. Without a doubt it is very interesting to host heavy backups and have all the files always available from anywhere.
Mega also has very competitive and interesting payment plans if you make intensive use of this service. These prices are very interesting if you need a large amount of cloud storage, since for € 20 per month you can have 8TB of storage.
Compared to other services, if you need a lot of storage space, Mega is the best you can hire, if you need little space it is very on par with others.
Another of the most interesting cloud storage platforms that we can use is MediaFire. It is a basic service that allows you to host up to 10 GB for free. Something that makes the difference compared to other options is that we can upload files of 4 GB in size. This is something that many services do not allow, since the limit is lower. But beyond that base 10 GB we have, there are different methods to increase free storage up to 50 GB. It is certainly one option to take into account.
If you are interested in the professional version of Mediafire for home users, you can have 1TB of storage for as little as $ 5 per month, or $ 3.75 per month if you pay annually. This last option is really competitive, since it is priced at 1TB cheaper than we have seen.