Cloud storage comparisons can be tough due to the fact that there are so many similar-looking services available today. The fact that their prices and features keep changing also makes deciding on the very best cloud storage for your purposes like trying to shoot a moving target.
In the hope of trying to make comparisons easier we have created a regularly-updated cloud storage comparison chart which allows you to see the most notable differences side-by-side in an easy-to-digest format.
A few notes are worth mentioning before you actually consult the table itself. Firstly many cloud storage companies offer a wide range of different pricing options based on the number of computers to back up, the amount of storage required etc so for brevity in some cases it has been necessary to pick just the most “popular” accounts for standard usage.
Furthermore some companies – such as Mozy and Carbonite – offer their accounts in different currencies so depending on where you live – and the current exchange rates – you may pay a slightly different price. We have “standardized” costs by selecting the $US prices to make fair comparisons simpler.
Lastly be aware that when calculating the “price per gb” we have compared the largest accounts across the board and so there may be adjustments if you opt for a smaller sized account. As a result these should be regarded merely as a guide rather than a price that is set in stone.
Cloud Storage Comparison Chart
Sugarsync Dropbox Carbonite Mozy Safecopy Backblaze
Level Of Backup Back up any file/folder Back up single folder No backup of system folders or software files Back up any file/folder Back up any file/folder Back up any file/folder
Automatic/Manual Backup Automatic Manual - files must be dragged into specific folder for backup Automatic but video files only backed up manually Automatic Automatic Automatic
Mobile Device Support iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android iPhone, Blackberry iPhone, Android iPhone, Android None
Pricing Options 30gb - $4.99/month or $49.99/year
60gb - $9.99/month or $99.99/year
100gb - $14.99/month or $149.99/year
50gb - $9.99/month or $99.00/year
100gb - $19.99/month or $199.00/year
Home - $59/ year per computer
HomePlus - $99/ year per computer
HomePremier - $149/ year per computer
Note: only basic Home account works on Macs
50gb - $5.99/month or $65.89/ year
125gb - $9.99/month or $109.89/year
200gb - $50.00/year
300gb - $70.00/year
$5/month or $50/year unlimited
Price Per Gb For Comparison $0.12 $0.17 - $0.07 $0.02 -
Free Accounts Available? Yes, 5gb Yes, 2gb Limited 15 day trial Yes, 2gb Yes, 3gb Limited 15 day trial
It’s clear from the table above that there are certain winners when you take into account both the cost of cloud storage services together with the features they offer. If you’re looking for a reliable online backup solution and you’re struggling to make a decision then based on the above data, and my own experiences of testing out a range of these services recently, my own suggestion would be to either consider Sugarsync or Mozy as the out-and-out winners.