Cloud Sync services is an online backup service that provides us with the platform to store our data online so we can access it from anywhere anytime. With the rapid development of cloud computing, cloud sync services has grown to a level where we can now trust that our data is safer online than offline. The days of worrying for hard disk failure, computer theft etc are gone with the development of these services.
Cloud Sync Services
There are many Cloud Sync services on the internet today and I will be comparing quite a good number of them on this post. It is always difficult to choose from one of the sync services because all of them offer different features. So I am going to look at the available features they provide, so we can understand and make a better choice that will suit our needs.
Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of most cloud sync services but for the purpose of this post, I will be comparing Dropbox, Sugarsync and Windows Live mesh only. So let’s get started.
Comparing Dropbox, Sugarsync and Windows Live mesh:
1. As much as they all have free online spaces for storing or backing up files, sharing and syncing across multiple devices, the sizes differ a little. While Dropbox offers 2GB worth of storage space for free on registration, Sugarsync and Windows Live mesh offer 5GB for free.
2. They all support multiple operating systems. Dropbox supports Windows, Mac and Linux, while Sugarsync and Windows Live Mesh supports just Windows and Mac. So linux users will probably consider Dropbox in this case.
3. While Dropbox and Sugarsync supports mobile devices, Windows Live Mesh does not.
4. While Windows Live Mesh has a storage limit of 25GB, Dropbox has up to 100Gb and Sygarsync up to 250GB.
5. They all provide encryption on your files stored on their server.
6. They all provide file sharing, but the sharing features of Dropbox is limited to only my Dropbox folder while Windows Live Mesh and Sugarsync allow you to share any file/folder on your computer.
7. Like Dropbox , Sugarsync also encourages referral system whereby you are credited extra 500MB storage capacity for referring someone against the 250MB offered by Dropbox.
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