Cloud Computing: 15 Google GDrive Alternatives to Consider for Cloud Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-25 Print this article Print
Amazon CloudBerry

Amazon CloudBerry

This is one of the first consumer storage services created by a pioneer of "cloud" services. CloudBerry Online Backup is a tested backup and restore program to be used with Amazon S3.
Google has entered more than a few IT markets as a big-name latecomer—search, smartphone operating systems with Android, and social networking (Buzz network, Google+) being but three of the most well-known. Nonetheless, the Web service giant has put together a pretty solid record of success. Now the company, whose popular Gmail service has provided each user a generous 7GB of free email storage for a couple of years, has finally moved its long-anticipated GDrive cloud storage service into general availability. This has been in the works for more than six years, and during that time, a lot of competitors have already taken a big head start in the market. Literally dozens of cloud storage providers are available to handle your files in a safe place. Here are 15 of them, based on eWEEK's cloud storage coverage since 2006. Links are included for each to obtain details. By and large, all of them offer some kind of "freemium" deal, with limited free storage and a set of desirable extras if you don't mind paying $5 to $25 per month, on average.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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