Recently, the cloud storage market has absolutely exploded, with more and more cloud storage solutions coming online everyday. With the latest competitor, Google Drive, coming online, the competition is heating up, and many consumers are asking which of the major competitors is best. Today, we’ll look at the three biggest cloud storage providers: Dropbox, Google Drive, and SugarSync, and look at the pros and cols of each different solution.
Perhaps the best known and popular of the three solutions is Dropbox. So many people consider Dropbox to be synonymous with the idea of cloud storage, which is why they enjoy a rather large and devoted user base. With just two gigabytes for free though, using this particular service for any kind of major online backup while not paying isn’t exactly plausible. The real strength in Dropbox lies in its API, however. So many different apps for computers, tablets, and phones use Dropbox to sync their data that it has become almost a necessity to have a Dropbox account. It also supports media streaming to a certain extent, allowing for the streaming of single videos or music files, but not a large number of them in a string, such as a music album.
Dropbox: What is Dropbox?
SugarSync is probably the most popular alternative when it comes to cloud storage, and is extremely similar to Dropbox in many ways. However, SugarSync has a few features that Dropbox simply does not have. For example, instead of only 2 gigs of space, SugarSync offers 5 gigs of free storage in its trial. When sharing a file on the internet through your SugarSync, passwords are protected, which neither Google Drive or Dropbox supports, and when it comes to media streaming, supports playing entire albums instead of just single songs from its web interface.
SugarSync: Your Own Personal Cloud
Google Drive is the newcomer when it comes to the race for cloud storage, and it seems to have a completely different focus than its competitors. Google Drive’s online backup solution doesn’t support media streaming, or password protected files, but does add quite a few additional features that are focused more towards the business user, such as the ability to preform OCR on image files, or preview Photoshop files without having to install Photoshop. Google Drive offers 5 gigabytes for free, which is more than enough to store the business files that they seem so focused on when it comes to their services.