Dropbox, Mega, and Google Drive. Cloud Storage is the Way to Go.

As a frequent user of these three major cloud storage services, it allows users to have easier access of managing files or storing files in a place where it can be accessed as long as an Internet connection is established. Finally, a way to save student’s who are forgetful and leave things behind. These three Cloud Storage services allows you to download files that have been uploaded at a prior date. This means you can forget your USB drive at home without a worry as long as there is a copy on the Cloud. People who have storage issues with their hard drives will definitely benefit with Cloud Storage.

These Cloud services also allows you to share files easily. For example, if I were to do a photo shoot for a client, I can upload all the final images to a Dropbox folder and share it specifically with the client. That way, the chance for something to go wrong becomes minimized. Additionally, it is a great idea to use the Cloud Storage services as backup just in case anything goes wrong with the storage in your computer. The Cloud is essentially a floating storage system that follows you anywhere you go. Uploading files is the same as condensation of the water vapor on the Earth where as downloading is the same as precipitation. The Cloud appears and disappears as files are uploaded, downloaded, and deleted off the Cloud which correspond with actual clouds. Except, the floating storage system is actually a huge server farm with hard drives that store your files for you. These server farms requires a lot of power which means it will generate a massive amount of heat. To resolve the heat, a cooling system needs to be implemented for the server farm to operate. This becomes redundant as many users are uploading and downloading files from these server farms. Of course, this depends on your network service provider and the Internet connection you have.

Personally, I use Dropbox and Mega frequently because of their 50GB free storage. However, Dropbox only allows me to have 50GB of storage because I purchased a Samsung device. This promotional service is a great way for Dropbox to earn their customer’s loyalty since after the term expires, the customers can purchase more storage on a yearly basis. For $12.99/month or $129.00/year, users are able to purchase 1TB of storage.

Screenshot of Dropbox Package Selection. Source: https://www.dropbox.com/pro/buy?in_setup_flow=False

Mega on the other hand, gives users free 50GB with no expiry. As a result, users may think that there is a loophole to create multiple free accounts in order to use their service. However, Mega states that there will be account terminations if there is any abuse of their service. Mega has several plans for users to buy with different tiers of perks.

Screenshot of MEGA.nz general policies. Source: https://mega.nz/#general
Screenshot of MEGA.nz packages. Source: https://mega.nz/#pro

Google Drive gives users 15GB of free storage with an option to purchase more. While 15GB is plentiful, Google Drive allows synchronization across Google Documents (Documents, Sheets, Slides), Gmail, and Photos. On the contrary, setting up a work account for $10/month including 1TB of storage is a great way to market their own service.

Screenshot of Google Drive for Work. Source: https://apps.google.com/driveforwork/index.html?utm_medium=et&utm_source=aboutdrive&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=consnav

With these three major Cloud Storage services, many individuals can now choose to work digitally and share files without scheduling a time to meet and transfer files. All that is required is a computer with a decent Internet connection. Ultimately, Cloud Storage services are a major step in the right direction for the digital age. We can now say goodbye to our USB drives just like we said goodbye to floppy disks.

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