About one or two years before, I was (May be most of you) totally unknown about cloud computing and cloud file storage services. But now, these kinds of services have made their high level contribution to increasing the number of Internet Users. Now, most of us are widely use Cloud Storage computing services for different purposes. We are using these services for synchronizing our documents hence storing them in a secure and reliable place. Since most of the services are providing a Desktop client for their service, synchronization of documents is not at all a problem. The list of top service providers includes your favorite Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive etc. Each services included in the list are exhibiting their own features along with providing better and free file storage services.
And if your PC has not much space but has an excellent internet connection, these storage services are enough for security of your data because it can help you to avoid a sudden loss of data. May because of knowing the popularity and demand of these services, most of web service providers and internet companies including Google have introduced their Cloud storage services. Needless to say, there are a million people who are also users of Cloud.
Personally I’m using Dropbox and Google Drive as my default file syncing service. While Dropbox is attracting me through its simple design, Mobile Device Integration, public file hosting features (You can share your files to public which have been stored in Dropbox Account). And each Dropbox users can increase their storage space upto 16 GB by inviting their friends to Dropbox. If one of your friends is joining Dropbox via your invite, you will get a free space upgrade of 500 MB (Comparatively not a silly size.) And so Dropbox is a great service when compared to others. My next favorite is Google Drive and is because it’s deep integration with other Google Services Like saving Gmail attachments directly to Google Drive. But however, this post is for who don’t like Dropbox. Here you can get a list of Top 10 Dropbox Alternatives. Check out these free services, and shout your opinion in comment section.
SkyDrive by Microsoft Corporation is a great alternative to Dropbox. SkyDrive is providing a free storage space of 7 GB. As others do, Windows SkyDrive allows users to store their valuable data on their powerful servers and to access via your desktop browser. You can upload a file with maximum file size of 100 MB. What you only need for using this awesome service is just a Microsoft Live ID which can be made in seconds. And if you were able to join SkyDrive at the first time, you may have got a free storage of 25 GB.
Microsoft has launched Mobile Applications for iOS & Windows Phone OS. Application for Android is still on the backstage. One feature that lacks in SkyDrive is Remote Desktop Accessing Feature and Synchronizing feature in it. SkyDrive also offers file sharing and file publicizing features. If you are still not enough with this storage space, you can upgrade your storage space upto 100 GB by paying $50 per year. There is needless to say that Microsoft SkyDrive can be a rival to Dropbox rather than a Competitor or an alternative.
Do you think Google will stay back while others are getting involved in Cloud Storage Services? So we have to consider Google Drive when taking a list of Dropbox Alternatives. Google Drive was launched in 24th April 2012 offering a free storage space of 5 Gigabytes. As I said before, Google Drive is one of my favorite file storage services. Google Drive posses a deep integration with other Google Services.
Even it was like a update to Google Docs, its deep integration with Gmail and other services was enough to make Google Drive stronger. Through this, you can save your Gmail Attachments directly to Google Drive. Like all other services, Google Drive also has a syncing facility via Desktop Client. Google has also launched Chrome OS/Mac/PC Apps and Android App for Google Drive. And Google is also offering Third Party Applications for Google Drive. And in drive.google.com, you can see another huge alternative for Google Drive. As SkyDrive, Google Drive can also be a tight competitor and enemy to Dropbox.
Dmailer Backup is a nice Free Online File Hosting cum File Sharing service. It also deserves a name Dropbox Alternative. As Dropbox does, Dmailer offers us a free online space of 2 GB to store and share our docs. But currently, Dmailer is not available. Hey don’t worry; you can use this awesome file storage and backup service through YuuWaa.
Dmailer also offers Applications for both Mac and Windows based Operating Systems. So you can backup your PC’s valuable information easily. This service has two modes Automatic Mode and Custom Mode. If you are searching for a Cloud Based File Storage, Dmailer is a good online backup solution with also being a huge alternative for Dropbox. But an interesting feature found in YuuWaa is there is no file size limitation. But it lacks file storage upgrade option.
The next chance is for LiveDrive. LiveDrive keeps a major difference that LiveDrive is offering four different plans which is based on requirements. Those are LiveDrive Backup, LiveDrive Briefcase, LiveDrive Pro Suite and LiveDrive Business.
LiveDrive backup helps you to backup your files and documents from PC and giving global accessing features for it. You can get a 2 weeks share and since you start paying, you will get unlimited online backup features. LiveDrive offers PC and Mac support too. LiveDrive briefcase upgrades your storage space upto 2 TB while LiveDrive Pro is mixture service of Backup and Briefcase. By selecting this plan, you can get a storage space of 5 TB with high level security. Still you need a word to confirm that LiveDrive is a Dropbox alternative along with being the great Online Backup and Sharing Service.
SugarSync is another Dropbox alternative solution which offers features including Synchronizing, Sharing, Backup, and Global Access to files. SugarSync is offering a free storage space of 5 GB. As Dropbox, SugarSync is appreciating referral system and you can get storage space upgrades by referring your friends to SugarSync. Online Data Backup is also available with SugarSync.
SugarSync can be accessed through its Windows and Mac Applications, Mobile Applications for Blackberry, Android, iDevices and Windows Phone 7. When compared to other services, SugarSync is much reliable and stronger. Definitely SugarSync is a real competitor for Dropbox rather than just an alternative.
Box.com is a nice and simple Online File Storage Service. The service provides a free file storage space of 5 GB for its personal accounts. If you are using a business / Enterprise Box.com account, you will get extra data security. You can also give a FTP like interface to your account where a password can be given to any folder and it also keeps a log of who downloads the content.
Another one, Business and Enterprise accounts can also create a virtual data room which is available across Windows, Android and iOS Platforms. So, when compared to the amount of storage space and features, Box.com is a true competitor for Dropbox.
There is no need of introduction to Ubuntu one if you are a Ubuntu User or Ubuntu Lover. This file storage / File syncing service was introduced with Ubuntu’s 11.04 Version. The service offers 2 GB of free file storage which has a Windows Client even it is developed for Ubuntu Linux. But Ubuntu One lacks its support in various platforms other than GNOME and Ubuntu. Anyhow, it is a competitor to Dropbox but not at all a rival.
Conclusion: Each file sharing and file storing website mentioned before has variety of features and limitations as well. Selection of File Sharing website is all up to you and has accordance with your requirements and purpose of use. You may any of the above services but always give first preference to security.