Cloud storage is a service model in which data is stored, maintained, managed on remotely based servers and are made available to users over a network through internet when and where ever required by the concerned. Users generally pay for their cloud data storage on a per-consumption, monthly rate. But still there are many service providers who are providing some quantity of data storage free of cost. Cloud security continues to be a concern among users. Providers have tried to deal with those fears by building security capabilities by encryption methods authentication methods etc.
What here is more important is that how we access the big data whether it is for the personal use or professional use. People either prefer upgrading their hard drives or even sometimes prefer using compact disks as well, but with the advancement in technology everyone wants access to data on the go, without having the need to carry physical hardware and hence Cloud Storage requirements fall into place.
Cloud storage can be classified into four types :
- Personal / Mobile Cloud Storage : This is a type of cloud of type of cloud storage that we use in our daily lives, We use android and I-phone these days, for our safety we have already synced our phones online so that even if our phone is lost , we can backup it on the new device anytime as per our convenience. Let’s consider the use case study of i-cloud , the I phone cloud storage platform, that’s what is a personal cloud storage.
- Publicly Available Cloud Storage : In this type, the user uses a public-ally available cloud which he has either rented or subscribed for a certain period of time. Anyone with access to that cloud with the User’s log in credentials could access that data from any part of the world.
- Privately Available cloud storage : The company providing cloud storage services sets up the data center in the user’s allocated space. The main reason behind having a privately available cloud storage is the requirement of a secure platform and restricted access to the data.
- A hybrid available cloud storage : In this case the data is available public-ally but some parts of the data is private and hence is restricted to some users only. So this is an On and off model where it can be switched from public to private or private to public anytime as per user’s convenience.
SOME OF THE FREE CLOUD STORAGE SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE :
10 GB of free online storage is offered by pCloud, with friend referrals and other bonus steps jumping it to a possible 20 GB.
A desktop client can be installed for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. There’s also a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that’s very intuitive and easy to use.
pCloud supports adding files from a remote URL in addition to single file and whole folder uploads through a browser. The mobile apps can upload photos and videos directly to your pCloud account.
Both files and folders can both be shared with non-users. Shared folders can even be downloaded as a ZIP archive.
Also, pCloud allows upload links to be generated for folders so anyone can send files to your account. A unique email address is also generated which lets you (or anyone) email files directly to a folder on your pCloud account.
Instantly get 10 GB of free online file hosting with Media Fire. Increase it to 50 GB with things like friend referrals and application downloads.
There are sharing options for files and folders and easy uploads of either single files or whole entire folders through the Media Fire website.
Dropbox users start off with 2 GB of free space with several simple ways of earning more, up to around 18 GB.
You can view and upload all your Dropbox files from a desktop or mobile app and share whole folders with anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
10 GB of free online storage space is offered by Box (formerly Box.net).
There’s a mobile application for nearly all devices – iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone – that lets you upload/download/share your content. The desktop sync client for Windows and Mac OS X make is super simple to upload files to Box.
New FlipDrive users get 10 GB of initial storage with an opportunity for more for each friend they can refer to start using FlipDrive.
There aren’t any mobile or desktop programs that can be installed for uploading files to FlipDrive, so the web version must suffice. Though you can upload whole folders using the website, which is nice.
You can share files with anyone, even if they don’t have a FlipDrive account. However, accessing shared folders requires a registered FlipDrive account. Recipients can be given write, edit, delete, and share permissions in addition to read rights for folders.
You can create up to 10 shared links and upload files that are as large as 25 MB.
Google Drive is instantly been provided with your google account. the cloud storage service offered by Google. Each new user gets 15 GB of free space.
The total storage is actually shared with other Google services, like Gmail and Google+ Photos. If you don’t use the other services, you can utilize almost all the space for Google Drive alone.
A sync client can be installed for Windows and Mac users, which supports folder and file uploads, as well as a mobile app for Android and iOS users that can send photos and videos to Google Drive.
Folders and files can be shared with specific Google users via their email address or anyone with a public link. You can also make a file view-only, which prevents someone from downloading it.
Google Drive makes it really simple to collaborate with others by allowing comments and letting files be opened and accessed.
Formerly called Sky Drive, One Drive is an online storage service from Microsoft. Everyone gets 5 GB of free space when they sign up.
Extra hosting can be awarded if you follow certain instructions, like friend referrals and mobile photo syncing.
A Windows and Mac desktop program can be installed to easily transfer folders and files of any type to One Drive, making them accessible from an iOS or Android mobile device. The mobile app can also upload files – both images and videos.
OziBox offers 10 GB of free online storage space.
A desktop program is available for Windows users, which includes a nice status window that shows a progress bar, the size, and upload speed of everything that’s currently being uploaded. You even set the upload priority for individual files so more important ones are queued for upload before the rest.
Files and folders can be dropped directly into your OziBox folder from your PC or files can be sent through a web browser for other operating systems.
Also available is a mobile app for Android devices.
Data can only be shared through OziBox if the recipient is also a registered user.
Yandex is a Russian Internet company known mainly for its popular search engine, yandex search, but they also have other services, like 10 GB of free cloud storage for anyone who creates an account.
There are plenty of useful features with Yandex.Disk, such as public and private folder and file sharing, the ability to import photos via social networks, bulk downloads, automatic mobile uploads, and support for drag and drop.
5 GB can of free cloud storage can be had when you sign up for Sync.
Like some of the other services listed on this page, Sync can upload multiple files at once through both the website interface as well as the mobile and desktop apps.
You can build shared folders that other users can interact with as well as share any folder or file with anyone, regardless if they’re a Sync user.
Vault is a folder in Sync that you can put files into so that they aren’t synced across your other devices. This is useful if you just want to archive some files online but don’t need them elsewhere.
Get 25 GB of file storage at no cost with hubiC.
Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install desktop software to upload files or use the web version. A mobile application can be used with Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry devices.
Files and folders can be shared with anyone, even if they aren’t hubiC users. However, they must be set to work for just 5, 10, or 30 days before the link expires.
Over 200 file types can be uploaded to Jumpshare, with a total of 2 GB of free storage for every user. If you refer friends to join Jumpshare, you can get up to 18 GB for free!
Downloadable application is available for Windows and Mac users that allow really simple drag and drop and hotkey file sharing capabilities