There’s no denying that cloud computing is the way of the future. Many businesses, whether small or large, rely on cloud services to manage storage, data, and various other operations. Transferring these things offsite is a great way for businesses or individuals to streamline their lives. But with so many different companies out there offering cloud services, how do you know which one to choose? Since this involves putting important private data into the hands of others to manage, choosing the right provider can be daunting.
Considerations of storage space, cost and security are of utmost importance when choosing a cloud computing provider. Other than that, it really depends on what each individual’s specific needs are. Luckily, many different review sites recently put together a guide to some of the best providers going into 2017.
Amazon Web Services seems to top the lists of many different reviewers. It’s currently the market leader in cloud computing, generating $2.9 billion in revenue in a quarter last year. This is because they offer a wealth of IaaS and PaaS services, including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Glacier Storage and Relational Database Service. There’s a ton of scalability and availability with Amazon as well, meaning it’s perfect for any size of business.
Furthermore, Amazon Cloud Drive is great for personal use. For subscribers to Amazon Prime (of which there are more than 50 million), access to the cloud is already free and offers 5GB of space. For only another $5 per month, this can expand to unlimited storage space, but it strictly for personal use only.
Amazon doesn’t hold a complete stranglehold on the market, however. Egnyte is a great provider for maximum storage needs, no matter what kind of file or what size. They don’t even cap the file size for uploading, which a lot of other providers do. Microsoft OneDrive is also a good option for small businesses that want to be more conscious of their spending. It’s the most affordable service around, with business plans starting at $5 per month for 1TB of storage space.
Radiant is another excellent solution for your cloud computing needs. Check out some of these best-of lists yourself to see what works best for your needs.
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