The Cloud File Sharing Race

Who is winning the cloud storage race? The list is long and distinguished. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box are the big five. Ubuntu One, Amazon Cloud Drive, Sugarsync, Hightail, and OwnCloud trail a list of lesser-known or perhaps lesser-used services. In terms of popularity, Dropbox still heads the list, mainly since it is the early innovator. iCloud leans heavily on Apple’s products. Google Drive is gaining market share.

In terms of my experience, I use Dropbox most of the time when sharing or transferring files. However, when creating new documents, I use Google Drive exclusively because the tools are there. When security is a concern, I tend to use OwnCloud. I do have OneDrive, iCloud, Ubuntu One, but I use them sparingly. Do I need more? Probably, not. I think having more than three services is overkill, but it’s nice to have options.

What’s your favorite? Who do you think is the best? Who will survive and who will not?

Dropbox Pro Doubles In Size

If you’re a Dropbox Pro user, your storage space should double by the end of the day, according to a ZDNet report. There are no current plans for increases to regular Dropbox users.

Pro 50 users should double their storage from 50GB to 100GB by the end of the day. Pro 50 users typically pay $9.99 per month or 99.99 per year.

Pro 100 users will also double their storage from 100GB to 200GB. Pro 100 users typically pay 19.99 per month or 199.99 per year.

The increase of storage is the direct result of stiff competition from other cloud storage vendors who are offering more to outdo each other.

Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Ubuntu One are all competing for this potentially huge market.

Google Drive 5GB For Free

Based on rumors, it looks like Google will release a new service called Google Drive in a couple of weeks. Google Drive will compete with Dropbox, iCloud, Box and host of other online storage and collaboration services.

The word on the street is, Google Drive users will receive 5GB for free, a much higher value than previously anticipated. Potentially, Google can sweeten the deal by making the integration of its other services a key selling point.

Integration with GMail and Google Docs can take Google Drive over the top above other competitors. I would pay to see Google Docs having the ability to save files on Google Drive. If Google were to allow such a thing, it would be an instant hit.

What a combo that will be.