Amazon Takes All Wraps Off, Offers Sky's-the-Limit Storage
After a free three-month trial, users will pay either $1 or $5 per month for unlimited storage of anything digital they can name.Those rumors about cloud data storage are true: There's so much storage now available—and there's so much competition to get people to use it—that capacity limits are now a thing of the past. Amazon, the first Internet services provider to go mainstream with cloud storage in 2006, revealed March 26 that it now is offering two unlimited cloud storage plans with Amazon Cloud Drive: Unlimited Everything and Unlimited Photos. Of course, photos and video and other images can all be housed in Unlimited Everything, but for those who like to be more specific about their storage, the Unlimited Photos is a logical option. Users can move their existing content collections and automatically upload literally endless amounts of new content, including photos, videos, movies, music and files, to these Amazon accounts. Deduplication? Who needs it? It's like having a couple of warehouses to store what you have in the attic.
You can bet that competitors—and there are many—will be going this same route soon.