24 Cloud Storage Options for SMBs

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From sales collateral to documents, signed contract scans, and even expense receipts, almost everything that crosses our desks these days is contained in a digital file. Like their paper ancestors, these files need to be put somewhere safe where they can be found and referenced easily.

This need is the driving force behind the explosive growth of cloud storage options for SMBs. These vendors enable SMBs to cost-effectively centralize their files on remote servers while taking on none of the hardware, software, and management costs that building a homegrown solution would entail.

In addition, cloud storage solutions offer functionality above and beyond a spot to hold your files. These can include the ability to:

  • Access your files from anywhere;
  • Work across multiple devices, both desktop and mobile, by synchronizing your files;
  • Share files with coworkers and clients in a controlled manner;
  • Safeguard your confidential files; and
  • Tag and search your files in a manner that suits your needs and operating procedures.

Cloud Storage Options

To help you find a cloud storage option that fits your needs, we’ve compiled a list of solutions and broken them out across three primary categories:

  1. Straightforward file storage options;
  2. File storage options that offer synchronization; and
  3. High-security file storage options.

Straightforward Cloud Storage Options for SMBs

If you’re looking for an easy way to store, share and access your files from anywhere, consider the four online storage options below.

MediaFire

Launched in 2006, MediaFire is one of the original cloud storage options. Offering robust features at a variety of pricing levels, the solution remains close to its roots as an easy-to-use storage system with sharing and anywhere, cross-device access.

Google Drive

When it comes to features and functionality, Google Drive is the king of cloud storage solutions for SMBs. Aside from storing your files, if you need word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software, Drive has all three, and more, built right in. Want to work on Microsoft files instead? Drive enables you to work with them directly within the system.

Drive’s sharing features are robust, offering comments and tracking as well as simultaneous access and collaboration. Overall, drive is easy-to-use and priced well for SMBs.

iCloud Drive

Once you store a file on iCloud Drive, you can access it from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Like Drive, you can work on your files directly within iCloud.

In fact, one of the handiest features of iCloud is the ability to work on one file using multiple apps. As Apple explains, “Your apps can now share files, which means you can access and work on the same file across multiple apps. For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to color it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app.”

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon is a big player in the cloud business and its Cloud Drive is a solid option for SMBs. You can store any type of file and access it on most devices whether in the office or on the go.

Cloud Storage Options for SMBs that Offer Synchronization

While the cloud storage solutions above offer the ability to access your files from anywhere, you need to be connected to the Internet to do so.

Synchronization eliminates that need, enabling you to work on your files offline. When you reconnect, these files automatically sync with (overwrite) their older online versions and from there, they are updated on all the other devices that you’ve set up to sync.

This is a key feature if you truly wish to work on the go whether you have access to the Internet or no.

Dropbox

One of the most well known cloud storage options, Dropbox is as easy-to-use as it is affordable. It offers solid features, including synchronization, and while those features are basic, they keep SMBs from getting overwhelmed.

Box

Another heavyweight, Box‘s metadata feature is hard to beat. Using templates you can customize to fit your business, Box enables you to store information about each file that can be used during an advanced search. This makes finding your files much easier and, thanks to the templates, you can standardize the metadata your employees use.

Box Metadata

Cubby

If you want more control over your cloud storage solution, check out Cubby. Combining an easy-to-use interface and a robust back-end, Cubby offers features like unlimited versioning, remote device wipe (in case a device is stolen), and DirectSync, a feature that syncs files locally without taking up your cloud storage space.

Microsoft OneDrive for Business

OneDrive is very similar to Google Drive except that it offers file sync so you can work offline. As part of Office 365, Microsoft’s online software suite, you can work on all your documents in OneDrive. Throw in a approval workflow system and this option is worth a look.

4Synch

If you use a Symbian or BlackBerry device, you should consider 4Synch as it’s one of the only solutions that has an app for those brands. Aside from that, 4Synch is an easy-to-use cloud storage solution that’s priced well and offers lots of storage.

Other Cloud Storage Options for SMBs that Offer Synchronization

In addition to the options above, these cloud storage solutions also offer synchronization:

  • ADrive
  • ElephantDrive
  • hubiC
  • Jottacloud
  • JustCloud
  • Livedrive
  • SugarSync
  • OpenDrive
  • ZipCloud

High-Security Cloud Storage Options for SMBs

Before we dive into this section, we want to make one thing clear: all of the cloud storage options for SMBs on this list take security very seriously. The solutions in this section however, go above and beyond and should be considered if you need to store regulated or particularly sensitive client and customer data.

These solutions offer end-to-end encryption and more to protect your data. As far as other features such as synchronization and metadata, follow the links below to assure a solution will meet your requirements in those areas.

  • CertainSafe — they offer white-labeled client portals where you can customize everything from branding to security.
  • Mega
  • pCloud — their business solution comes bundled with their pCloud Crypto features.
  • SpiderOak
  • Sync.com
  • Tresorit

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to store, share and secure your digital files, check out the list of cloud storage options for SMBs above.

With features like synchronization and end-to-end encryption, you should be able to find a solution that fits both your needs and your budget.

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Apple Launches 2TB iCloud Storage Plan Ahead of iPhone 7 Event

Apple Launches 2TB iCloud Storage Plan Ahead of iPhone 7 Event
HIGHLIGHTS
It costs $19.99 in the US
50GB, 200GB, 1TB iCloud storage options still available
The iPhone 7 is set to launch on September 7
Apple has introduced a new tier in its iCloud storage plans. Alongside the 1TB plan, the Cupertino giant has now introduced a 2TB plan for $19.99 per month as well. For Indian users, the new plan costs Rs. 1,300 per month.

This move comes just a week before the iPhone 7 launch event on September 7. Apple is heavily rumoured to unveil the new 256GB storage variant, and upping the iCloud storage plan seems certainly seems to be an associated strategic move.

Expanding to 2TB would follow the current iCloud storage pattern, as 9to5Mac notes. The former largest tier, 1TB, was roughly eight times as large as the top storage model – 128GB. With the bump up to 2TB of iCloud storage available to users, Apple appears to want to maintain the same ratio for the anticipated 256GB storage variant.

For users who are unaware, when you first sign up for iCloud storage, the first 5GB is free. After that, Apple offers plans for 50GB, 200GB, 1TB, and now 2TB as well. In the US, these plans cost $0.99, $2.99, $9.99, and $19.99 per month respectively. In India, these plans cost Rs. 65, Rs. 190, Rs. 650, and Rs. 1,300 per month respectively. For other countries, check the price list here.
In any case, Apple is going to unveil the iPhone 7 with its new storage options next week. This year, Apple is sticking with minor changes and looks to break its tick-tock cycle. The camera on the 4.7-inch variant is pegged to get OIS, while the 5.5-inch variant is said to sport a new dual camera module. The company is ditching the 16GB base storage variant, in favour of 32GB. There’s also a Space Black variant that is expected to be introduced.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Launched With 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage in China

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Launched With 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage in China

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 4GB of RAM launched in China
  • Rumours indicated that 6GB RAM variant might be launched for country
  • Company admitted earlier that it was considering a 6GB RAM variant

In a strange turnaround that contradicts its earlier statements, Samsung has launched Galaxy Note 7 in China with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as opposed to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The company had put to rest earlier rumours saying it was indeed considering launching a higher memory and storage variant for China.

To recall, Samsung Mobile President Dong-jin Kohconfirmed earlier this month that the company was “reviewing” the launch of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 variant with increased memory capacity in China exclusively in order to compete with local manufacturers. At that time however, Koh did say the move may end up disappointing customers in other markets including South Korea – it seems the company has decided to honour these sentiments.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in China has been launched with similar specifications to the rest of the countries except for the fact that smartphone will be carrying a Snapdragon 820 SoC, just like the US, instead of the Exynos 8890 SoC that is present in the variant shipping to almost all other regions.

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The Galaxy Note 7 will be available in China from September 1 and will cost CNY 5,988 (roughly Rs. 60,200). The smartphone has generated a serious interest in the country as it received more than a million registrations (note: not pre-orders) in less than two hours, as reported by Playful Droid.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

See full Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications
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HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM Reportedly Gets 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage Variant in India

HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM Reportedly Gets 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage Variant in India

HTC’s mid-range Desire 828 Dual SIM is said to have received a memory and storage bump in the form of a new variant, according to an established Mumbai-based retailer.

Mahesh Telecom has claimed that the HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is now available to buy in India at a price of Rs.19,990. Unfortunately, there has been no announcement from the company in this regard. But considering the reliability of the retailer’s previous claims, we can expect HTC to announce the new Desire 828 Dual SIM variant soon.

To recall, the HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM was launched in India as the first Desire-range handset with OIS (optical image stabilisation) back in December 14. It was priced at Rs. 19,990 as well, and came with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense and features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, OIS, BSI sensor, and full-HD video recording. The handset packs an UltraPixel front camera with a BSI sensor. The dual-SIM (both Nano-SIM cards) dual-4G HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC (clocked at 1.5GHz) that as we mentioned is coupled with 2GB of RAM. The 16GB inbuilt storage on the smartphone is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the handset include Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G, Micro-USB and 4G LTE connectivity with support for Indian networks.

The HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM is backed by a 2800mAh battery, and 157.7×78.8×7.9mm. Much like other recently launched HTC Desire smartphones, the Desire 828 Dual SIM features HTC BoomSound technology, which is complemented by Dolby Audio as well. The handset packs ambient light, accelerometer, compass, and magnetic sensors.

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HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM

HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

Yes

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2800mAh

See full HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM specifications
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Htc Desire 828 Dual Sim 16gb Pearl White 4g
₹ 17,998
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₹ 19,808
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