Want the cheapest online storage? Medal goes to MediaFire

by | Oct 3, 2014 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Although the cheapest online storage is not always the best

One of the main problems with using tapes, thumbdrives and external hard drives for storage and backup is the limitations of such media: hardware can fail, and security may be questionable.

Even using one of the ‘freebies’ has its own downside, such as throwing data into Dropbox, Recently, a security breach  in the latter was followed yet by another failure: a lapse by the company in not notifying users of ongoing security issues.

It’s not a simple matter of just choosing among the cheapest online storage offerings. What are the chances of incurring cyber thefts, or other compromises to data. Yet, to attract more business customers, many cloud services offering of ‘free’ storage are confined in the lower limits before subscription fees kick in.

Some of the cheapest online storage subscription services, according to a recent report on Zdnet, include MediaFire, which is at the time of the list. With a capacity of 1024 GB the yearly price is a mere $24.99. that works out to $.0020 per gigabyte. Monthly services were tracking at $2.49 in June.

But Bitcasa eclipses even iconic Google Drive for second spot with 1024 gigs at $99 a year; five-times that amount of storage comes in at $499, and monthly at $49.

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Other choices on the cheap end included F-Secure Younited and Copy.com. Bottom rankings of the site’s survey of providers put Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive at the bottom in terms of pricing-per-gigabytes.

Dropbox, in an effort to be competitive, now provides the “deleted file recovery” option as standard; in the past, it was called Pack Rat and they charged their customers for this feature.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.