Article originally published as Picking the Right Cloud Service Solution on Technorati Cloud Computing
Finding the right cloud storage provider is now easier with small business and consumer review site NextAdvisor.com, who announced a cloud storage category offering consumers its top picks. It also allows visitors to compare cloud storage services like SugarSync, mozy, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox side-by-side, looking at price, features & benefits as well as actual user reviews in one place to help people make more informed decisions.
According to a study by IHS, a global economic and market information company, personal cloud-storage subscriptions are set to jump to 625 million this year, a 25% increase over 2012. The same study also anticipates uninterrupted double-digit growth through the year 2017, where it forecasts about 1.3 billion subscriptions to cloud storage services. “With all of the cloud storage services out there, it can be hard for consumers to choose which one works best for them,” says NextAdvisor.com’s President Erik Larson. “We want to make it easier for them by providing a hands-on and informed opinion so people can find the option that provides them the best value.”
“More and more, people are looking to the cloud to keep their important files both safe and easily accessible no matter where they are or what device they are using.”
“More and more, people are looking to the cloud to keep their important files both safe and easily accessible no matter where they are or what device they are using,” said Larson. “As Internet-connected devices, such as tablets and smartphones, continue to proliferate, we believe cloud storage services will play in increasingly important role in how people store, access and share their important information.”
And according to Gartner’s 2013 Technology Trends, this is the year mobile and tablets will officially overtake PC’s as the top way people access the Internet, so cloud storage should be a healthy beneficiary of this. Among the criteria, users can look at things like price, number of computers backed-up, amount of storage, any free trials or discounts as well as notes summarizing the ‘bottom line’ for each service in a sentence or two. For instance, NextAdvisor editors noted the following about SugarSync, “Feature-filled cloud storage solution with an intuitive user interface and easy music streaming; best for those who need to do a lot of syncing.”
This sort of bottom line info could be helpful if you’re looking for say, a solution for backing up your computer versus a solution to stream your music collection remotely. When glancing at the notes on Microsoft SkyDrive for instance, which says it, “Includes large amounts of online syncing space for very low price, but not the best for full computer backup,” you can easily look down this column to either rule out, or further refine options. In the case of streaming music, you might find SugarSync, whose ‘bottom line’ says it has, “…an intuitive user interface and easy music streaming,” a better fit for that particular need.
In tight economic conditions, consumers are becoming savvier than ever when it comes to stretching their dollar, and subscription-based storage in the cloud is no different. By providing independent reviews, and insights, NextAdvisor.com, “…wants to inform consumers on where they can get the most bang for their buck,” Larson adds.