cloud storage

You may not think about it that often, but the rise of cheap and easily available cloud storage has changed your life dramatically.

The idea of storing all your documents and media in the cloud is a relatively modern phenomenon, but one that has become so ubiquitous that many of us willingly forget what life used to be like in the days of USB thumb drives and relying on your laptop’s limited hard drive.

The beauty of cloud data storage in the enterprise environment is that it’s one of few technologies that many users will have encountered in a consumer domain before it was made available to them at work. A lot of the credit for this can be aimed at Dropbox, as Drew Houston’s company made cloud storage simple for millions of users. That firm is now a giant in the enterprise space, and competes healthily with its enterprise-only rival Box and the tech giants of Microsoft with OneDrive and Google with Drive.

Today, more and more companies are turning to cloud storage as an alternative to on-premise data storage, cutting costs, boosting collaboration and aiding mobile working in the process. Not only is cloud storage proven as secure and robust, with myriad admin controls, it now comes with more and more smart collaboration options layered on top.

Here we compare the two biggest players in the market – Dropbox and Box – as well as the solutions provided by Microsoft and G Suite and some of the best free options to get started with, finishing with some useful case studies.

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