Those who are shopping for cloud drive services will quickly find out that providers do not give the same services. Thus, it is best to assess exactly what is in the menu of different providers.
Aside from considering leasing a line (as in connectivity) and finding out leased line pricing, here are some things to consider:
1. If you have an account in companies that sell music, videos, eBooks or other stuff online, find out if they have gone on to becoming providers of cloud services because you might actually already have a free account for 2GB or 5GB just waiting to be filled. Take note that such free accounts have certain limitations and that all devices and software you use can access the cloud.
2. Some cloud drive services come only for 30 dollars per year for 25 GB after an initial free 5GB. This only comes up to 2 dollars and 50 cents a month. This is cheap and some providers actually charge even less. However, there are many features to consider before deciding on which service to sign up for and price is only one of them. Remember that you need to consider Leased Line Cost, too, so make sure to compute.
3. With cloud computing, space ceases to become a limitation. However, most servers place a 2GB limit on upload size. If you are intending to sign up for cloud services, consider this limitation, and think about the size of the files you will upload. If you have files above 2GB you will have to find a way around this either by uploading files in two parts or by looking for a provider that allows bigger uploads.
4. Find out if the service includes in-browser access to stored files and folders when finding out more about cloud computing. Find out also from where the editing can be done. Not all cloud services offer ease of sharing and collaboration. If it is important to you that third-party applications can plug into the drive to download, retrieve or store files, then ask specific questions about this; this capability makes it possible for apps to be synchronized across the different devices you use.