Most people I know have a Dropbox account nowadays. If you didn’t know, then Dropbox is a Cloud Service, which is basically just an online storage service. Instead of storing your files and media on an external hard drive or a NAS, you can store information on a Cloud and access it from any computer with an internet connection. You can also share files with friends or family who can access your cloud, or folders within your cloud, as long as they have an internet connection. To read more about Cloud Storage Services, look at the link I posted above.
Dropbox is probably the most popular Cloud Storage Service being used to date. Most Dropbox accounts come with 2GB of free storage space, and if you refer a friend who signs up with their service, you often get an extra 500MB added to your 2GB, totaling 2.5GB of free storage. Other companies also have Cloud Storage services, such as Amazon and BlackBerry . Obviously, being that this is an Ubuntu Blog, I am going to talk about Ubuntu’s Cloud Storage in this post.
I have both a Dropbox account and an Ubuntu One account. My plan for a while has been to purchase additional storage space beyond the free space provided by each service, so I wanted to do some research and see which one was actually a better deal. Here are the details of what I found.
- 5GB of Free Space.
- Smallest upgrade available is 20GB for $29.99
- Built-into all versions of Ubuntu Linux. Also works with Android and iOS mobile devices. The Windows version is currently in beta, but it is working well.
- Same-Day support
- 2GB of Free Space, with an additional 500MB for friend referals.
- Smallest upgrade available is 50GB for $99/year
- Available for Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mac, and several mobile phone systems, including BlackBerry
- Support takes a few days
I’ve decided to go with Ubuntu One, mostly for the reasons I listed above. Their free package is 5GB instead of 2GB plus 500MB referral pieces. Also, they let you buy additional space in increments of 20GB for $30 each. If I needed more than 20GB, I could buy 60GB for $90, which is more space and still cheaper than Dropbox’s 50GB package for $99. I do wish that Ubuntu One had a BlackBerry app, since that is the Smartphone I use, but that is insignificant on the importance scale to me. Really, how much information are you going to want to sync to a Smartphone anyway?
I’ve had several questions about the Ubuntu One products and have emailed them from their support page a few times. I always get a response on that same day, sometimes even within the hour. However, I have only contacted Dropbox 1 time about an issue I had with setting up my account and it took them about 3 days to reply via email.
So Ubuntu One for me, but of course I still have my 2.5GB Free Dropbox space, if I ever need it.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on which Online Cloud Service you have chosen, and why.