15 Amazing Apps for File Storage in the Cloud

In a new age of online solutions, it didn’t take long for a diverse range of internet entrepreneurs to target one of the most common problems for almost every computer user; hard drive failure. Suddenly, someone had the idea of allowing people to backup their files in the cloud and the rest is history.

I’ve brought together the best revolutionary new apps that allow you to store your precious files in the cloud and (in some cases) even share them with others! You can find them after the fold.

Jungle Disk

Jungle Disk

Jungle Disk

Developed by popular web host, Rackspace, you can be sure that all of your files are safe and secure with their premium backup and storage service, Jungle Disk. With Business and Personal plans, this app is suited to everyone and with plans starting at $2, it’s a small but worthwhile investment. Includes compatibility with Rackspace’s own Cloud Files service and Amazon S3.

Price: From $2.
Website: https://jungledisk.com/

Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the more popular backup services and comes with everything you need to ensure you never lose your important files. Their free plan is the most popular and comes with 2GB storage at your disposal. They also include support for shared folders and collaboration, and with their innovative file versioning feature, you can be sure that saving over important files and losing them forever is a thing of the past!

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://www.dropbox.com/

SpiderOak

SpiderOak

SpiderOak

SpiderOak is one of the more sophisticated of backup apps. The really advanced desktop application provides a means to manage and track your usage of the service. It comes with a basic web interface to easily manage your files remotely and with their truly multi-platform support, you can access your important files from anywhere.

Price: From FREE.
Website: https://spideroak.com/

Backupify

Backupify

Backupify

Backupify takes a different route in this field and follows a more internet service oriented path. Their nifty little service allows anyone to backup all of their web accounts easily and at an outstanding price. With support for popular apps such as Twitter, Flickr, GMail and WordPress, their service is perfect for those who worry about their security online.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://www.backupify.com/

IDrive

IDrive

IDrive

IDrive is yet another online backup application; specifically for Windows users. Once an account is registered, you can use the desktop application to backup, sync and access all of your backed-up files. With a web interface to accompany it, you are never truly parted with your files again.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://www.idrive.com/

ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive allows anyone to easily and efficiently backup their media and access it wherever and whenever they want. With a simplistic yet still highly powerful approach, ZumoDrive is one of the more underrated apps due to its lack of mainstream attention. It includes support for sharing, additional folder-linking and appears as an extra virtual removable disk.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://www.zumodrive.com/

Mozy

Mozy

Mozy

Mozy is a backup app that is more suited to home users and businesses who need a reliable solution for file storage. Priding themselves on their reliability, the service is for those who are willing to pay for a premium solution like this due to a current every-growing concern for file security.

Price: From $4.95/month.
Website: http://mozy.com/

Carbonite

Carbonite

Carbonite

Carbonite is one of the only apps of this kind that offer “unlimited” backup for a reasonable price and is completely secure. Some of the features include a file recovery system, automatic file backup controlled and determined by the active status of the machine and double encryption of files before backup. It is one of the more simplistic apps in terms of features but based on security and actual usefulness, I consider it to be one of the most important and definitely a must-have.

Price: $54.95/year.
Website: http://www.carbonite.com/

SOS Online Backup

SOS Online Backup

SOS Online Backup

SOS Online Backup allows you to backup different mediums to the SOS servers. With support for the backup of PC, Servers and iPhone, they really do provide security for everything vital. Though it is not technically the cheapest and charges for the same service and specs that most other of these apps provide, they can give a custom quite for a more tailored package based upon your needs.

Price: From $19.95/year.
Website: http://www.sosonlinebackup.com/

Humyo

Humyo

Humyo

Humyo aims to offer a reliable and secure solution to your file needs. It comes with a web-based control panel from which you can access all of your media files and it has features that are ideally suited to those who wish to free up some valuable disk space by making the files available only online. With generous data limits, they are definitely one of the most promising of this type of app.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://www.humyo.com/

Box.net

Box.net

Box.net

This app is a personal favourite of mine and I use it a lot for file sharing amongst friends and professional contacts. With a really nice web-based interface and mobile support, files can be added and shares from anywhere. Though they offer quite a small total file storage limit which encourages users to opt for their paid plans, it is perfect for those who only want to share small files.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://box.net/

Windows Live SkyDrive

SkyDrive

SkyDrive

One of Microsoft’s latest products to gain popularity is proving to be quite useful for a lot of people. Windows Live SkyDrive allows anyone to store documents in the cloud and share them with extra ease. They offer a vast amount of storage (a whole 25GB!) so you can be sure that you are never short of disk space! With added integration into the Microsoft Office 2010 suite, sharing is simpler than ever.

Price: FREE.
Website: http://skydrive.live.com/

drop.io

Drop.io

Drop.io

drop.io is a unique app that allows anyone to create any number of “drops” that are, in fact, private (until you give out the link, at least) 100MB storage folders. Despite the 100MB file limit, it’s possible to create an unlimited number of drops that can be shared with other users to allow for an effective collaboration solution. They also offer a premium option to those wanting more space and these start at 10GB.

Price: From FREE.
Website: http://drop.io/

Apple MobileMe iDisk

Apple MobileMe iDisk

Apple MobileMe iDisk

iDisk is Apple’s take on file storage and a tool integrated into the MobileMe package. With the option of premium family accounts, it is the true solution for home users who require a powerful tool for storage on their Mac, iPhone, iPod or iPad. It comes with 20GB storage and 200GB monthly bandwidth as well as no problem with big files so you can be sure that this is a reliable solution for all of your sharing needs.

Price: From $99/year.
Website: http://www.apple.com/mobileme/

BackBlaze

BackBlaze

BackBlaze

BackBlaze is one of the backup apps that offers an unlimited backup for a fixed price of $5 per month. Its backup and restore functionality extends to the possibility of having a backup of all your files sent to you directly from them on a DVD or USB drive (charges apply, of course!). This is one of the most promising and functional apps that can strongly benefit those with ISP bandwidth limits.

Price: $5/month
Website: http://www.backblaze.com/

Conclusion

Personally, I think that it’s important for everyone to ensure they have their files securely backed-up because one day the inevitable may happen and you can spend a lot of time trying to recover them.

Each app has its strengths and weaknesses and for me personally. I use ZumoDrive as it’s non-intrusive and perfect for my light file-storage needs but it may be different for other people as we all have different needs and requirements. With the apps I’ve mentioned here, it’s really simple and takes no time at all to secure your files and in the long run, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


  • Kurban

    I find SugarSync to be the best option, it works wonderfully. I was never a fan of dropbox because then I’d always have to drop things into a particular folder.

    • tr4656

      SugarSync has a really nice iPhone app too. :)

      • http://www.sq2tek.com George Dy

        SugarSync also has a Blackberry app option as well. Still waiting for Dropbox to launch a comparable BB app.

  • http://www.sergiofilipe.com Sérgio Filipe

    There’s also the Cloud App. It works very well.

  • Burst

    I’ve been starting to backup certain of my larger documents with Amazon S3, could let me know if it’s a viable choice ?

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      Using S3 for data storage, like Andy said, is one of the most reliable options, not to mention one of the most flexible. S3 is an enterprise level, scaling storage solution — used by companies that store massive amounts of customer data that can NOT risk being lost. It will be more expensive than some other options, but for what you get it’s priced very, very well.

      They (Amazon) also recently announced their reduced redundancy version of S3, which is 1/3 cheaper and more along the lines of what lower level customers need (rather than overkill redundancy, needed by large scale apps).

      You’ll probably want to use a solid backup app with S3 though, such as Jungle Disk or CloudBerry. I used Jungle Disk for years and was a very happy customer, though I’ve since moved over to a custom solution that fits my needs better (as a web developer).

      We’ll do a review on what the CloudBerry team has to offer, likely in the next two weeks. So keep an eye out for that. :)

      • Tyler

        I agree. Amazon S3 is wonderful. I have been using it for a while now with no issue and if you plan on hosting large media or anything their CloudFront Service along with S3 is great and fast.

  • Andy, Cloudberry Lab

    Amazon s3 is actually the most reliable option as with S3 you are in a real control of your data. You can access it wth many different tools while backup services above typically use their own proprietary data format and you can access your data only using their own client We actually have a backup client for s3 – CloudBerry Backup.

    • Dan

      How is S3 the most reliable? Amazon S3 has had more downtime than most data centers over the last few years, not to mention they tend to be more expensive over time as they charge for upload/download/requests.

      I have nothing against cloudberry but S3 is just a very expensive (though simple) way of storing data that I don’t consider any safer than many alternatives.

      • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

        Can you provide some evidence (not that I’m disputing your claim) that S3 has had that poor of downtime? And some pricing comparisons of similar services?

  • Colin Kennedy

    These are hardly “amazing”. You missed out both Gladinet and SMEStorage. Both of the companies functions as cloud storage aggregator gateways in which you can access your cloud storage from your desktop and various other clients. I think these type of product fall into the “amazing” category rather than the ones you have listed which have been about for ages and are not that amazing at all (I mean come on, if you were going to go for the obvious, you did not even list Google Docs !).

    • Justin Stravarius

      Gladinet and smestorage are awesome in their own right. However, this roundup is about web apps with their own desktop clients and in house storage solutions.

      We will be reviewing Gladinet in the next few days.

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      I think it depends on your definition of amazing. These apps are certainly great apps, and amazing to some. We’ll do a more thorough roundup in the coming weeks.

  • Andrew D

    I tried Mozy, and was disappointed. Uploads often failed, some files would not show up in the upload folder, and everything is zipped. I switched to Dropbox, and have not even looked at alternatives.

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      From what I’ve read, Mozy has updated their backup client a few times which has taken care of some of the issues some users were having. Also, Mozy is more for backup in the event of disaster (thus being zipped) and Dropbox is meant for frequent file access. So, it really just depends on what your needs are.

  • Jake

    I really think Egnyte should be on this list. The on and off line feature is a huge plus. Anyone else use Egnyte?

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    Dropbox seems sweet enough.
    Spideroak has an appealing competitive advantage.

  • Dylan

    Why is http://getcloudapp.com not on this list??!!??

  • http://www.uber3d.com Kapil

    SugarSync it is for me. Works like a breeze. Their Android, BB, iPhone app is easy to view pics, share important files via just an email address and comes with a great interface for managing multiple computers via one single login. Best part is that once you have configured the folder to be synced, you need not worry about dropping it anywhere or uploading it online. SugarSync takes care of it for me.

    Wonder why it hasn’t made your round-up list.

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  • http://www.jecadesigns.com Auz

    Great list of apps! I have been using Google Docs for all my file storage, Picasa for pics, but ever since LaLa was ate by the big Apple I haven’t found a great home for all my music. I really like services that are specialized/specific; One for docs, one for music, one for pics, etc. Not sure how any of these services handle MP3 files, but something like mp3tunes.com has an android or iphone app which makes it ideal for storing all my music there… I really liked lala.com much more…but.

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  • Dave M

    Why do you list Mozy’s pricing as “From $4.95/month”? They have a 2GB free account, similar to the other services which you list as “From FREE”.

  • http://blogmartinvaresio.com.ar Martin

    You need not worry about dropping it anywhere or uploading it online

  • akhon

    I try http://www.stocklii.com/en. I really like their plan because they offer big space for small fee. I can share with the user(unlimited) i create.

  • Colin Mcreery

    As always with post such as this it is the stuff you pick up from the comments section that proves equally as usual. I’m now using SMEStorage on my Mac to access SkyDrive and S3 files direct from a desktop drive and also on my Android phone. I don’t think I’d have found it if I had not come across this post – thanks !

  • http://www.drivehq.com/ Jacky

    More than a million customers use DriveHQ cloud storage and IT services. DriveHQ is one of the first few companies offering cloud storage & IT services. It is now offering the version 5.0 Solution. It is far more than just storage or backup. Not only you can backup files to the cloud, you can also move your entire file server, FTP server, email server, web server and backup system to the cloud. You can create sub-users and sub-groups; you can set different user roles; share different folders to different users with different permissions. For a small business, Cloud-based storage, backup, sharing and Cloud IT Solution can save you a lot of cost, while offering better, more secure and reliable services that can be accessed from anywhere.

    For more info, please visit: http://www.drivehq.com/. DriveHQ basic service is free.

  • Mike Tanaka

    ZenOK Online Backup Should be on the list. It’s pretty good and affordable

  • Godi

    What about ZenOK Online Backup?? I use that one, it works very good

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  • http://www.trueshare.com Mitch Matt

    I am a principal with TrueShare.com (2005) we have been in the file storage/sharing business since 2002 (easyftp.net) and along with a sound and secure system we boast excellent customer support. Business minded features and unlimited users are what seperate us in this field. Worldwide clients in financial, medical, construction and engineering, energy, and education are our base. Check it out or contact me for a live online walk through! Thanks!

  • Eli

    i feel like mediafire does not get enough love and it has unlimited space for free.

  • http://theparkrowdentalpractice.co.uk/ Michael Green

    I’m Michael Green. I work at The Park Row Dental Practice., Leeds, UK. We are long term users of DriveHQ. For us it has been reliable and reasonably priced. Check it out.

    I don’t have any connection with DriveHQ except as a happy customer.

  • Steve

    Well, I would like to add CloudSafe (http:://www.cloudsafe.com/) to the list. Encrypted online storage and some nice and unique sharing options. 1GB is free, WebDAV access included.

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  • http://7Dinteractive.com Dave

    CrashPlan (http://www.crashplan.com) is another good service. It’s a little bit of a memory hog though.

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  • http://www.zeara.com.au Matt | IT Support Melbourne

    We love Crashplan it’s really a set and it’s got is out of a few jams over the last year.

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