“We are announcing today that the Copy and CudaDrive services will be discontinued on May 1, 2016.”
These were the official statement by Barracuda that marked the end of one of the most beloved cloud service “copy.com.” The service was famous for many reasons and one of it being that it provided 15GB of free space as compared to the 2-4GB that its competitors had to offer.
15GB space was more than enough for anyone’s daily cloud computing storage and the company also gained millions of users while functioning. But the sad truth was, though the company had millions of users, but they could not attract many of them to buy their paid plans. This resulted in a significant impact on the company’s treasury and forced the company to shut down.
If you are someone who had been affected by the fall of the cloud storage or someone who is looking for a right cloud storing platform, then look no further. Compiled here is a list of 10 best cloud storage platforms available.
10 Best Alternatives To Copy.com
Dropbox was undoubtedly the peak competitor of copy.com and still, continues to provide features and security that is worth the money. Free users are rendered with 2 GB of free storage that could be accessed over a variety of platform including Linux. Its Dropbox’s diversity that made it survive during the times where the majority of cloud storages had to shut down. Other features of Dropbox include its natural sharing feature that enables you to share a file with a simple link and the sync features that keeps your saved document updated to the cloud without you must worry about it. If you fall short of space, Dropbox for business is available at a starting price of 12.50 dollars per month.
Having more than 300 million users the next big competitor in the game is the Google Drive. Owned by Google, the drive includes full office suites that include an excel, word file and a presentation manipulator that allows you to edit files on the go. One plus point of Google Drive over Dropbox is that it offers 15GB of free storage that can be later extended to 100GB – 30TB as per requirements. The cost of 100 GB starts for 2 dollars per month. Made by Google the platform ensure full encryption and safety of your data. It is to be noted that every Gmail user is allotted with 15 GB of free Google Drive space which accounts for its Gmail, the files on the drive and Google Photos.
Amazon Cloud Drive
If all you want is to store photos, then Amazon Cloud Drive is what you’ve been looking for. The cloud storage platform promises to keep the images in its original size and not to tamper with it during uploads or downloads. All you need is an Amazon account are you are set to go. Like other cloud storages, it does not have a free tier, but it does provide unlimited photo storages over the cloud. The paid plan of the Amazon Cloud Drive starts from 11.99 dollars for unlimited photos and 5GB of other documents.
For those of you who loved copy.com, you’d be glad to know that copy.com recommended Microsoft OneDrive upon its closure. The drive service comes preinstalled in Windows 10 and the files uploaded can be accessed over various platforms. If you are someone who uses Microsoft Products than OneDrive is the perfect match for you; Its seamless integration over the manifold of its Microsoft products primarily Microsoft office makes your professional task easy. Users are provided with 5GB of free allocated space which they can expand for a nominal fee of 1.99 dollars for 50GB storage.
Considering the growing amount of Apple users and Apple fanboys throughout the globe; the iCloud is a perfect suggestion for those who are into iOS user interfaces. ios users are given a free 5GB of cloud space that also does include their photos, but if you are not one you can still create an Apple ID and get started with 1GB of free space.
This product is not recommended if you are not an iOS device’s owner. Undoubted the fact that the security that Apple can provide is one of the toughest to crack. The live example being FBI begging Apple Inc to hack into an iPhone. iCloud offers various features; which when integrated with the Apple atmosphere works seamlessly and with satisfaction. Upon exhaustion of the allocated storage users can then opt for 50GB, 200GB or 1TB available for 99cents, 2.99 dollars, and 9.99 dollars respectively.
The box might not be well known for syncing data as most of the above platforms can do; but what makes it worth this chart is its amount of storage that it provides; along with the encryption which is at par with Apple Inc. Supplied with 10 GB of free cloud storage Box is one of the most chosen platforms for storing business data. All you need is to create a straightforward account; download a Box client to help you access your data, and you are good to go. Starting with 10 dollars per month for 100 GB it is also one of the most affordable cloud storages.
For those who want cloud storage for Linux operating system, Hubic is the best choice for you. Although available in Mac and Windows platform, Hubic has been the best alternative for people on Linux. The other thing that makes it a popular choice is that Hubic provides you with 25GB of free space that the user can double through referrals. Hubic also abides by most data security standards; give the user a completely safe and sound environment to store their data. If you somehow manage to exhaust the 50GB provided free space you; the paid plan is available for 1EURO per 100 GB
The PC Mag editor’s choice iDrive has a lot to offer that one might need if he is working with supercritical data. All data on the drive are encrypted in 256 BIT bit AES encryption certified by the Department of Defence. The other factor that makes it innovative is that iDrive can adjust with the bandwidth of your net speed; thus provide with easy uploading. The user interface is easy to use, and it costs less on your pocket too. Starting for less than a dollar for 1TB space and support for five internets enabled devices; iDrive has everything you could ask for.
pClouds creates a desktop virtual drive on the user’s computer which later gets uploaded to the cloud. The beauty of this idea is that file uploaded is simple as drag and drop operation that we do in our daily task. The user can also invite other people to review or edit a file on the drive. Also, pClouds integration with WordPress makes it a perfect choice for bloggers. pCloud is available on Mac, Windows; Linux and it runs seamlessly in all environments. The users are provided with 20GB free storage which they can later extend for a nominal fee of 3.99 dollars per month for 500 GB.
Backblaze is sure to be ideal for novice computer user and technophobic out there. Being featured in top premium size, Backblaze has extended its reach a long way. Just install a client on your PC or Mac, and you are all set. The upload client is secure on your network and provides smooth performance without consuming much of your bandwidth. Starting at 5 dollars a month Backblaze is about 25 times cheaper than Amazon; a lot faster and easy to use than most of the products available out there.