Cloud storage services are transforming the way teams collaborate and share information. They allow users access to files from any location and device, while also ensuring important information is stored securely.
Cloud has become a digital trend for 2017 with CIO 100 organisations including Your Housing Group,
Science Museum and B&H Worldwide embracing the technology.
While the storage you choose will depend on your team size, most services on the market will prove similar features. Here are the best free cloud storage services for 2017.
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June 26, 2017
1. Google Drive
Google Drive is ideal for large businesses as it offers up to 15GB of storage space per user.
The free tool integrates Google Docs, Sheets and Slides ensuring access to all data and files. This is great for receiving feedback, encouraging ideas and keeping track of overall tasks.
In terms of security, it will encrypt files with a 128-bit AES encryption and automatically backup of files, ideal for protecting company data, reducing information loss and overall safety.
Available on Mac, Android and iOS devices it allows users to share, search and edit files with Google users. In addition, it has a view only option which prevents users from downloading the file which reduces the risk of threats and ensures user privacy.
Not to mention its extensive collaboration features, including real-time collaboration and easily shareable documents.
A must for small businesses already using Microsoft, OneDrive offers up to 5GB of free storage.
OneDrive lets users share, view and edit files while offline; great for working remotely or on trips abroad.
This free tool offers a public and shared option, meaning only certain team members can view a folder. Additionally, it lets users share files through social media which is great for sparking ideas and increasing overall collaboration.
OneDrive integrates Office Online so users can create files using Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats. This is great for users managing budgets, giving presentations and holding team conferences.
The latest update sends notifications on edits made while also having an online backup feature. What’s more, it provides online demos for those working on larger projects.
Box is an ideal storage tool for larger businesses, offering up to 10GB of free storage.
Its free version offers 250MB of file uploads allowing users to securely share files. Additionally, users can create, edit and view files with team members from any location and device.
2017 CIO 100 organisations including AstraZeneca and
Unicef are currently using Box to help ensure collaboration and flexible file sharing between teams.
Box integrates with Office365, Google Apps and Slack ensuring users can access files and communication with team members while across different departments or locations.
This tool ensures security for its users by sending customised reports and offering customer support. What’s more, it encrypts and decrypts user’s files, assuring overall privacy. (See also:
Best file management tools for business users 2017.)
Backblaze is a secure file sharing and collaboration tool allowing users up to 10GB of cloud storage.
This free tool offers file backup and archiving capabilities, which is great for reducing the risk of information loss and ensuring overall privacy. In addition, it combines files into snapshots, meaning users can preview documents without searching archives.
It has a capacity feature which lets users to set their usage size and sends notifications via text or email when they have reached the storage limit.
Backblaze offers 24/7 customer support while also sending detailed reports to users on their data stored, uploaded and downloaded.
Available on iOS, Mac and Android it allows users to access files while working offline, great for those that take trips often.
Available on iOS and Android,
MediaFire offers users up to 10GB of file storage.
Its FileDrop feature allows uses to create public folders, meaning team members can share and add files to your account. This is great for providing team support, increasing collaboration and ensuring tasks are met on time.
It’s simple navigation, allows users to drag and drop files onto removable devices, great for backing up data and flexibility in storage.
MediaFire offers unlimited bandwidth with users being able to view, edit and upload files up to 25GB. What’s more, users can get additional storage by sharing links on social platforms or upgrading to paid plans, ideal for larger businesses.