The Best Online Backup & Cloud Storage Solutions

Computers have permeated nearly aspects of daily life, from social networking to photography, finances and dating. This reliance on technology has brought a variety of advantages ranging from speed to adaptability.

However, when a majority of your personal data and your entire digital life are stored on computers, there is always the risk of losing that data. Hardware fails, viruses infect and data gets corrupted due to degredation.

That’s why the cloud revolution has been so important for businesses and individuals alike. Now, applications are no longer required to be installed on a user machine, they can be used in the cloud, and data can be mirrored and backed up in real time on cloud storage solutions.

Some cloud storage solutions are free, while others are paid. Some allow you unlimited backup, others have a size limit, and of course, there are always bandwidth considerations, but cloud storage is something that every computer user should consider.

It’s important to mind, however, the amount and type of data that is stored in the cloud. Cloud storage presents somewhat different security and privacy implications, as generally large corporations have better security than your home network, but you are trusting a 3rd party with your data and security.

Therefore, it’s important to consider what type of data and solution is best for you or your business. To help you in your quest, here’s a list of the best online backup and cloud storage providers & solutions:

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.

ADrive

A Cloud Solution for Everyone. Protect & manage your personal, business and enterprise-level data with ADrive cloud storage & backup solutions.

ADrive delivers online cloud storage services to millions of individuals, businesses and enterprise-level users. Their goal is to provide users with a convenient and reliable way to better manage their data from virtually anywhere, at any time.

CRASHPLAN

The best free way to back up personal data.Its the best way to back up personal data – online.
Using it you can Get your files securely anytime, anywhere.

CloudApp

CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Here is how it works: choose a file, drag it to the menubar and let us take care of the rest. We provide you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends.

mozy

Mozy offers a number of backup solutions to fit your individual needs. For non-commercial backup of your personal files, including music, photos, home videos, and personal tax records

LiveDrive

Livedrive is creating technology that will revolutionise the way people store and access their files, photos, music, videos and other digital content. Our vision is simple: don’t store files on your PC, store them on your Livedrive instead. Livedrive is your personal storage space on the Internet. It’s unlimited, it’s secure and it’s there forever.
The Livedrive management team is made up of respected industry experts and investors, who have lent their significant experience and financial strength to ensuring that Livedrive is both well-managed and well-funded.

IBackup

IBackup enables small and medium sized businesses to get enterprise-class online backup with superior performance for their critical data at a fraction of cost. Global corporations, Business houses and people trust IBackup for their storage and backup needs.
IBackup’s online backup services include applications for automatic scheduling of backups with Compression, Encryption, Incremental/Full backups, Versioning, synchronization, open file support for Outlook, MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, Oracle Server, MS SharePoint Server backups and more.

Spideroak

SpiderOak provides an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, sync, sharing, access & storage solution for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora & openSUSE)

sugarsync

SugarSync is a free service that enables you to access, sync and share your files across all your computers and devices. We enable you to backup, sync and share all of your documents, photos, music and movies so that you can access them from your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, or any other device.

MyPCBackup

MyPCBackup takes the security and privacy of your data very seriously. All your files are encrypted with the same security as banks use.
Unlike other online backup providers we don’t limit the amount of files you can backup, enjoy the freedom of unlimited online backup.

JustCloud

JustCloud lets you store all your files online so you can access them from anywhere at anytime.
Store All Your Files In The Cloud
Access Your Files From Anywhere At Anytime, From Any Device.
Professional Cloud Storage from JustCloud is Simple, Fast and Unlimited.
Your Just Cloud account will also function as a Computer backup device
to completely automate all your Cloud Storage needs.

Egnyte HybridCloud

Egnyte HybridCloud addresses the needs of business users for a simple and easy way to access and share files with team members, at the same time enabling IT to control and monitor all access. The latest enhancements create a solution that scales to meet Enterprise needs.
Egnyte Cloud File Server brings unprecedented file sharing, large file transfer, collaboration and backup capabilities. With the addition of breakthrough Local Cloud technology, Egnyte enables fast local file access and offline access.

YouSendIt

Offering unlimited storage and convenient accessibility, YouSendIt sits on solid ground in the competitive online storage industry. Designed as an email alternative, this online storage service is built on the premise that you should be able to easily send and receive large files. Recently, YouSendIt added cloud storage to its growing repertoire of services. As a result, YouSendIt is a versatile file sharing and data storage service that is quickly climbing the ranks.

OpenDrive

OpenDrive, a Palo Alto, California Corporation, provides an online software as a service that helps individuals and businesses store and collaborate on files easily, securely, and professionally.

The current version of OpenDrive was launched in 2008 to provide individuals with a simple solution to backup and share their digital media. Since the company’s creation, OpenDrive has grown to service over 1 million daily users and is trusted by over 20,000 businesses across the globe.

box

Box lets you store all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share it from anywhere. Integrate Box with Google Apps and Salesforce and access Box on mobile devices.
You can access, share and collaborate on files anywhere through our award-winning mobile apps. Share folders in a tap, exchange feedback or save files for offline access.

Syncplicity

Syncplicity’s Virtual Private Cloud lets you sync, access, share and backup your files without changing the way you work. Just set it up once and you’re done — Syncplicity does the rest.
The easiest way to sync, share, access & protect every file you need.Meet your virtual private Cloud.
Sync files with all your computers. Access them from all your mobile devices. Share them without changing your work habits. Make sure everything is backed up. All with the control and security you need.

iCloud

iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless, and seamless — it just works.
iCloud is so much more than a hard drive in the sky. It makes it quick and effortless to access just about everything on the devices you use every day. iCloud automatically and securely stores your content so it’s always available to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you access to your music, movies, apps, latest photos, and more from whichever device you happen to be using. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required. In fact, no anything required. iCloud does it all for you.

Acronis

Acronis software makes virtualization easy; many tools, one unified user interface. Our virtualization solutions deliver server consolidation, backup, recovery, data protection and data storage savings from a single user interface. And we support all major virtual platforms and Windows and Linux environments.

Wuala

Wuala is a secure online storage, made in Switzerland. As the Swiss knife of online storage, it covers all the essential needs for professional and personal use: with Wuala, you can store your files securely online, share them with select others, access them from anywhere, setup automatic backups of your local data, or synchronize whole folders to the cloud. Wuala employs client-side-encryption to achieve a unique level of security. All data is encrypted locally, before it is uploaded. Your password never leaves your computer. Nobody – not even we as storage provider – can access your data without your authorization.

JungleDisk

Using JungleDisk protect your files against loss, theft, viruses, and natural disasters. Share business data securely and privately in the office or across the globe. Sync your critical work across all your computers. Access your data from any web browser. You can do all of that and more, on the go, from anywhere, securely, with just a click.

ubuntu one

Ubuntu One is the personal cloud that brings your digital life together, so you can enjoy your content, your way, wherever you are. With our suite of cloud services including storage, sync, sharing and streaming – you have immediate access to your music collection, favorite photos, videos, important documents and more, at any time and from any device.

Symform

Symform is a revolutionary cloud storage & backup service, providing up to 200GB free and unlimited online storage for a low flat fee. Symform’s distributed global network is the fastest, most secure & lowest cost cloud storage available today. You join the network by contributing some of your excess local storage in exchange for really affordable cloud storage. Join the Revolution & try Symform today!

SecurusVault

SecurusVault’s online backup service uses trusted cloud
storage technology to ensure your data is backed up securely.
Access, share, backup and manage your digital life with SecurusVault.
Protect your data against hard drive failure or computer theft with SecurusVault’s online data archive. Make extra room on your hard drive but archiving files not used on a daily basis.

Asigra

Asigra brings a Cloud Model to backup and recovery – including the backup and recovery of mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones – through our Cloud Backup, Recovery and Restore software solution: Asigra Cloud Backup™ v11.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Microsoft Skydrive is all about the ability to make backups and store files online rather than actually making it easy.
In many respects, Skydrive is just a technical option – a place to put your files online. This is more attractive than it sounds: the service offers 25GB of free storage for docs, photos, or any file you care to post. There is a ‘single sign-on’ mentality here. Once you sign up for Live, you are automatically grandfathered in to Skydrive so there is no separate registration process.

Carbonite

online backup service works quietly and continually in the background protecting your files. If something goes wrong or you delete a file by accident, we’ve still got a copy. Carbonite Online Backup now includes remote file access! Retrieve files you have backed up with Carbonite from any computer with an internet connection.

intronis

Intronis offers the most secure online backup storage services, online backup software, and data recovery services.
Intronis not only offers a great online backup and recovery service to MSPs, but offers the unbeatable benefits of Intronis employees who care, put their best foot forward, and do all they can to make sure each and every partner is successful with their online backup business. Intronis isn’t just here to sell you a solution, but to make sure each partner has the tools to succeed in their business.

CoreVault

CoreVault’s services are scaled to fit your needs. First, we grow with you. As your data expands, we accommodate its growth seamlessly. Second, we flexibly adjust services to keep our plan cost-effective. (Example, we can automatically switch data from Online protection to Archive at appropriate intervals, a process controlled by you). Finally, scalability works in reverse; our service can handle individual file and message restores as easily as recovering entire systems.

zmanda

Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) is a radically simple-to-use and cost-effective backup and disaster recovery solution. ZCB backs up Windows servers, desktops and live applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server to Amazon’s highly dependable online storage.

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  • Sebastian

    Please add Arq to your list. A simple Mac Tool which uses S3 to store your data in your own bucket. Simple and very useful.

  • Larry Nielsen

    You do realize that some of the resources you’ve listed in this article as “free” are “free trials” and not really “free”? Perhaps a more careful review of these resources would be in order! I’m speaking specifically of “MyPCBackup” that claims to be free, but most certainly is not, and “Crashplan” that is listed as free , but only offers a free trial. Credibility (for someone) is at stake here…

  • Name

    and now google drive…

  • András Király

    Is there any problem with Backblaze causing not to mention it in a long list like the above one? What was the main point of view of this selection?

  • gs

    For an article entitled “The Best Online Backup & Cloud Storage Solutions”, I was hoping for a little more analysis and comparison, rather than copying promotional blurb directly from the services’ web sites. Timing’s a bit odd, too, considering that Google announced its entry just a few days later.
    There are a couple of services here I wasn’t aware of, so kudos for that, but the article itself wasn’t useful to me as a potential user of these services. May I suggest a rewrite or follow-up?
    Cheers!

  • yuda

    Thanks for the list – but can’t really see much point in it as it is. I knew about half of these services – great, now I know a dozen more…

    But what are the differences? What do they offer, beyond the slogans? Maybe a bit of pricing? Or a comparative features table? Not to mention – simple recommendations?

    That would have been very beneficial, as there are definitely too many of these services to choose from – and some real help here, beyond a simple list with mostly marketing blurb, would be just what many of us look for in such articles.

    Anyway, thanks again :)

  • Dragan

    And why these services should be considered the best one? Nothing about pricing, plans, capacities or benefits.

  • James

    While this is a seemingly comprehensive list of cloud backup solutions, sadly this is representative of the great number irrelevant fluff posts which are unfortunately plaguing the once-great SitePoint Network.

    Seriously, where does this article provide any sort of advantage over a DMOZ (et al) directory of links for this particular category of websites? The only difference is the author has put some screenshots and product descriptions in, copied and pasted straight from the manufacturer’s website – just look at the SpiderOak paragraph, then the screenshot underneath which contains *exactly* the same paragraph.

    The author has, in his defence, added some text of his own in the article introduction, and even made a pertinent (and sometimes ignored) point about the security implications of cloud storage.

    However, no real insight into the products is given, there’s no testing of the products performed, no ‘editor’s choice’ – SitePoint used to be about well-written editorial created by a knowledgable individual with real knowledge of the subject matter. With the rapid expansion of the SitePoint network, one can’t help but feel that there is a growing desperation to fill the sites with content and willingness to accept any old fluff as an article as long as it covers >200 words and brings in a few ad clicks.

  • Andy Read

    I fully agree with the other comments. This is a long-winded list with no order (not even alphabetical) or attempt to categorise, compare, rank or rate any of the services.

    The intro states twice that it’s important to consider what type of data you’re storing (which I agree with in principle) but then fails to give any guidance whatsoever on what it means by types of data and which services are more or less suitable.

    The article doesn’t even define what it means by cloud storage and inexplicably doesn’t even list AWS S3, which is the grand-daddy of them all and for many applications is a fine storage platform in its own right without the need for any 3rd-party web-co to build a pretty UI and fat marketing campaign on top of it.