Online Storage

Posted by Kevin Rush | 10:06 AM | ,

Why store your files on your computer/server when you can store them online? There are many websites that offer storage. Why would you do this...

  1. Mobility - no flash-drive needed. Get to it wherever you have Internet access.
  2. Free Backups - they backup the files, so you don't. No more crashed hard drives.
  3. Share Files 24/7 - let people have access to your files (allows large files, unlike email)
  4. Send Files - set up RSS feeds to push files to users when they are placed online
  5. Collaborate - share documents and give permission to certain users to edit them.
  6. Embed Audio/Video - makes it easy to share a songs, audio sermons, or videos.

My personal favorite is Box.net, but eSnips, MaxMedia & OmniDrive are good for different reasons. Here is a great article by Extreme Tech that compares and rates them. Below is a side by side comparison of all 6 online storage sites they rated.


Box.net

DropBoks

eSnips

MediaMax

OmniDrive

openomy


Free storage/ Band-
width/
max
file size

1GB/
10GB/ 10MB

1GB/
?/
50MB

5GB/
?/
?

25GB/
1GB/
?

1GB/
5GB/
?

1GB/
10GB/
?


Drag
and
drop

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No


Sub-
folders

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No


Tags

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes


Extra features

Web page widget; RSS.

Nada.

Tons of community features; toolbar for easy access; selling option.

Image viewer; media players with streaming; sharing tools; albums.

Windows Explorer; Zoho online editor; email sharing.

Search; RSS.