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.