Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Online Storage Gets Very Interesting - The Cloud

A friend told me a story recently about a colleague who walked into her office, in a panic about backing up the organization's files: "When do you do backups? How long has it been? I woke up in the middle of the night worrying about this. I couldn't find a backup disk. What if the hard drive crashed? WHAT WOULD WE DO?"

You might remember from a posting a few months ago about a web service called Mozy that we use to back up files. For a small, monthly fee (less than 1 Starbuck's mocha/movie ticket) we have our files "on the cloud" . . . just in case. In case of hard drive implosion, theft, or a fire in the building. With that kind of security--knowing every thing is backed up somewhere on the cloud and still retrievable--I sleep peacefully.

Online file savers are secure and there are many, many options out there. I'll sort 'em out for ya here.

{Free - $20/mo}
This one popular. It simplifies file-sharing, and you and your team can collaborate with ease. No one needs to download an attachment or install any software. They will just click on a link that magically shows up in an email notification.

If you try it and don't think it's fast and easy to use, they'll give you a free upgrade for three months.

Gmail Space - Turns your Gmail into online storage.
This is specific for Firefox browser users.
This allows you to use your Gmail Space (4.1 GB and growing) for file storage. It acts as an online drive, so you can upload files from your hard drive and access them from every Internet capable system. The interface will make your Gmail account look like a FTP ("File Transfer Protocol" ) host.

It's great for storing/sharing files with your friends. Also very good to backup photos and music files (as you can view/listen to them from Gspace).

Office Live

Microsoft offers 5 G of free storage for Hotmail account users. Works with products you are already familiar with, suc Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from your Web browser.

Access Files Anywhere

Online Storage and Sharing

Works with Programs You Know

Mozy - 2 G if Free storage, Unlimited Storage - less than $5/month

Easy Share

Easy Share

Easy Share is one easy way to upload your files. You can upload files from your PC or from a remote server. Upload via FTP, web, software or web embedded widgets.



rarhost is a unique new file hosting site, only for winrar .rar archives. They offer much more than just basic file hosting, their system has advanced information about each rar file, therefore they have decided to specialize in .rar files, for example you can see what the archive contains before you download, ensuring it contains the files you want. is an easy file hosting service that you can use in just one click to host your files. This service is absolutely free and you can upload upto 5 GB. I like the way you can do 5 simultaneous uploads.



DepositFiles offers free storage of your files on their servers for any period of time. The largest possible size of stored file is 2Gb and the total size of the stored files is unlimited. You can also send free emails with downloading link for your file to all your addressees.



YouShare enables you to upload up to 500 MB at a time without any registration. If you want to upload 1024 MB at a time and organize your files, you can register for free. You can add your friends and give them permission to upload to your albums.



Senduit is one of the great file hosting service. This is a free
service that allows you to upload up to 100MB files and then send a
link to your friends or relative to have them download it.

File Savr - Free File Hosting

File Savr makes file hosting easier with Web 2.0 technology and the use of Ajax and Flash. FileSavr has 10 GB upload size limit, currently the largest available on the internet. This allows users the flexibility to upload any large file of 10 GB or less.

File Dropper - Free File Hosting for MP3, Videos, Documents

File dropper

FileDropper’s beauty is in its simplicity. It has one click file hosting where you simply click on the upload button and select your file. After the file is uploaded you are taken to the page where the file is hosted. If the file is an image, it shows the image directly on the page for easier sharing. Upload size is an impressive 5 GB.

File Factory - free and simple file hosting service

File Factory

FileFactory lets you host files up to 300MB for free. You don’t have to register and there is nothing to download. Your files can be downloaded an unlimited number of times! One thing we found very annoying and spammy about FileFactory was the number of ads they have on the page.

FileDen - Free file hosting and online storage

File Den

With File Den’s free file hosting and online storage service it’s easy to share files across the internet with friends, family, work associates or anyone else. They allow our users to direct link to their files also giving you the oppurtunity to embed your files into your webpages, myspace or other social networking profiles.

Fileqube - Free Online Storage


When you upload a personal file it gives you a download link, a link to remove the file, and embed code to drop your file’s link on a website. The only downside is the 150MB file size, which is rather small with some of the other sites in comparison.

Sugar Sync
With SugarSync you'll get the best value along with the most comprehensive product offering around
. After your initial trial ends, plans start as low as $4.99 a month.

Mobile Me: Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. All your stuff. Always in sync.
Maybe you have a Mac at home, a PC at work, and an iPhone. MobileMe uses push technology to keep them all up to date. Make a change on one, and the rest are automatically updated.
MobileMe icon in sync with iPhone, MacBook Pro and PC

With MobileMe, you can create a beautiful web gallery of your photos in just a few clicks. Add new photos directly from your iPhone. And let your friends add photos of their own.

Gallery screens on iPhone and Mac

iDisk makes it easy to store and share files online, so you can access them anytime from any computer and, soon, from your iPhone, too. iDisk also lets you share files too big to email.

iDisk icon and iDisk sample screens on iPhone and Mac

Don’t know where your iPhone is? Let MobileMe help you find it with the Find My iPhone feature. And soon, a free iDisk app for iPhone and iPod touch will let you access and share files wherever you are.

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