Recently, I have been in search of a free cloud storage service where I can upload and backup my files in the cloud. Let me give you a brief brush on what cloud computing is:
[toggle title=”Cloud computing” variation=””]Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.
In line with cloud computing, cloud storage is:
[toggle title=”Cloud storage” variation=””]Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on dedicated servers. Hosting companies operate large data centers; and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them and use it for their storage needs. The data center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to the requirements of the customer and expose them as storage pools, which the customers can themselves use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resource may span across multiple servers.
Coming from employers and a personal user of these services (knowing that my friends call me nerd when I start talking about these IT services), pretty much I know what I would be looking for in a cloud service.
I have SyncBack from http://www.2brightsparks.com/, a software that does my backup/synch locally to my external hard drives. Actually, this has an extra feature where you can upload to an FTP site or a cloud storage – and its free! I decided to use this program, to do it locally, for now or until I have found a free cloud storage that looks like a virtual hard drive that can do drag-and-drop.
I was in the dilemma of choosing among Windows Live Skydrive, Dropbox, Ubuntu One and ADrive. Only Windows and Adrive offer enough space to backup my pictures, which actually just my concern as I backup all files locally on an external hard drive.
Particularly, Microsoft, itself, most do not trust this service. Hehe. The problem is, my Pictures folder already exceeded 25GB which is the limit of Windows Live Skydrive. Moving forward, ADrive it is. The rest only offer 2GB free service, but they are great and offer faster upload and download rate.
ADrive uploader and download tool is web-based which is great that you do not need a software installed on your computer. It runs of Java >.<
Below is the matrix of their service which I think is great for a basic/free service.
If only they offer FTP service on their Basic package, this rocks like hell! I could have signed up with the 50GB Signature service which has the 14-day trial but I was feeling a bit woman-like earlier because they would collect my credit card information so I could enjoy it for a limited time. Uploading through Java console with a limit of 1,000 files at a time, isn’t bad at all.
So if you’re looking for an online cloud storage, a place where you can backup your files, this is a great option. Visit their site on www.adrive.com.