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Storage Wars: Competing Cloud Sites Offer Free Storage

By Jason Beahm | Last updated on

Do you miss the days of the floppy disk? Neither do I. I remember when it was normal to have a box of those things on your desk, with different labels for different groups of documents. Today, even USB memory sticks are becoming obsolete.

Now, you can keep everything in the cloud. I've long advocated, Dropbox, a Web-based service that uses cloud computing to sync, store and share files and folders across the internet. With a free Dropbox account, users get 2 GB of free online storage. That's not bad at all, and the functionality is fantastic. But you knew someone was bound to try to one up Dropbox.

Enter SugarSync, a similar service that enables you to keep folders full of files in the cloud and sync them among other devices. SugarSync comes with 5GB of free storage. You can also get 30GB for $4.99 a month or 500GB for $39.99 a month. They also offer discounts if you pay for a whole year upfront. SugarSync recently made changes to allow syncing with unlimited devices, as it used to be limited to two devices with a free account. The company also added an exciting and useful PIN code feature that allows users to require a PIN each time the application is opened for added security.

"This will more than triple the amount of storage the average business subscriber has access to," co-founder Aaron Levie wrote. "Services like SharePoint Online, Google Docs, or Salesforce Content typically limit users to a gigabyte or less each; we think our new model offers a very compelling advantage over the current ways businesses can manage their content in the cloud today."

So if you're still walking around with USB sticks, or even if you're using one of SugarSync's competitors, it's worth kicking the tires to see how this could help your practice save and access data.

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