Cloud storage services are transforming the way teams collaborate, share and store information. They let you access files from any location and device, while also ensuring important information is stored securely.
And while the storage you choose will depend on your team size, most services on the market will prove similar features and even a freemium model or trial, so you can test various services.
Here are the best free cloud storage services 2018.
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1. Google Drive
If your office primarily uses Google anyway, you'll no doubt be familiar with its excellent G-suite, which integrates its cloud storage (
Google Drive) with Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Google's collaborative nature means that it's so easy to save shared files to Google Drive and access them from multiple locations, ideal for businesses with remote workers or CIO that often travel.
In terms of security, Google Drive encrypts files with a 128-bit AES encryption and can automatically backup files from the G-Suite, great for protecting information loss.
Google Drive offers 15GB of storage per user on its free plan.
Alternatively, it also you can opt for a standard package (starting at £1.59 per month) or for 1TB of data, go for the £7,99 per month plan. Google pricing does up to £79,99 for a whopping 10TB of data.
No cloud comparison would be complete without
Dropbox. This scalable cloud storage provider is great for small businesses wanting to store documents online safely.
This free tool lets users view, upload and share files with anyone, even if they don’t have an account. What’s more, it has a Microsoft Office Online feature which lets users edit files from their browser without having them stored.
Dropbox also enables users to sign PDFs, share files in iMessage and watch Dropbox videos.
Dropbox's basic (free) account provides users with 2GB of storage, but you can top this limit up but completing certain tasks such as inviting friends to the service and following the company on Twitter.
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4. Microsoft OneDrive
Ideal for small businesses already using Microsoft,
OneDrive offers up to 15GB of free storage.
OneDrive lets users share, view and edit files while offline; great for working remotely or on trips abroad.
You'll be able to choose from public and shared storage, meaning only certain team members can view a folder.
OneDrive integrates Office Online so users can create files using Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is great for users managing budgets, giving presentations and holding team conferences.
The latest update sends notifications on edits made while also providing
automatic tags for photos. What’s more, it provides online demos for those working on larger projects.
If you're using a Windows 10 device, OneDrive will be preinstalled so you'll be able to get going with it in no time.
Backblaze is a secure file sharing and collaboration tool allowing users up to 10GB of cloud storage.
This free tool offers solid file backup and archiving capabilities and pulls files into 'snapshots', meaning users can preview documents without taking the time to search 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 and will send 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.