Cloud Backup

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I’ve been looking into cloud storage recently and decided to list out the prices and pros and cons of the more well known cloud storage services out there today to help me make my choice.

A few weeks after I started poking around I received a newsletter from Dreamhost letting me know they give out 50GB of free backup space to all their customers.  You can also add on more space for .10/GB with no charges for transferring files…so that’s who I’m going with 😛  But I thought I might as well finish up my reviews.

Drop Box
20$/m for 100GB
Pros: It has a web interface and a desktop program, you can share files with multiple people, and has a plugin for QNAP drives
Cons: Pretty expensive and has a 100GB limit

Amazon S3
9.30-13$/m for 100 GB
Pros: Only pay for what you use, pretty decent prices, can be used to serve files for your website, and has a lot of ways to access your data
Cons: You have to pay for transferring files which could add up

$5/mo for unlimited
Pros: Pretty cheap and unlimited
Cons: Price is per computer, so if you have a lot of them it can add up and you won’t be able to share your files.  there’s no free version so you can’t really get a feel for it before you buy.  I’m not a big fan of trial memberships.

$5/mo for unlimited
Pros: Cheap & unlimited
Cons:  I looked at the free account and I didn’t like the interface too much, seems like the only way to access your files if from installing a program on your computer

I’m leaning towards Amazon S3, it’s cheap and can be accessed from anywhere and could be used for servicing files for a website as well so it’s pretty flexible with what you can do with it.  I worry about racking up some fees with file transfers though.

I also like Dropbox since it’s user friendly and there’s no surprise fees involved, but it’s pretty expensive and can only go up to 100GB.  You can get more space from them for referrals, but I don’t see that helping me too much.

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