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From Paper To Cloud – The Evolution Of Storage

Many of you might not know that once upon a time, we, human beings, were actually using pencil and paper to jot things done and put those important piece of information paper (called important documents) into a file organizer and into a drawer or somewhere that can be easily accessed when needed. Then … disk storage came alongthen … well… shiny CD/DVD storage had their glorious debut and knocked down by those thumb drives kids later on. You might not know all of above since…. now … the coolest kid in the playground is “the cloud”.

 

“Mom, What Do You Mean You Have Movies on the Hard Drives?”

Nowadays, the younger generations watch TV episodes and movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime videos. The Internet is everything to them. They understand things are from the Internet not from the “HARD DRIVES”. Have you ever been asked about “hard drives? so … there are soft drives? right?” That’s right. The technology evolves too fast to be caught up by younger gens already. Internet is everything and it’s going to be even more important when most of the stuff we use daily are being connected to servers on the cloud. Can you imagine that you can locate your jacket by speaking to Alexa? Just ask “Alexa, where is my jacket #6?” Then… Alexa will let your jacket make sounds or just show the location of the jacket on your smartphone screen or any device you would like it to show.

 

The Top 3 Cloud Storages So Far

We talked about this before (you can click here to read more). Today, we are going to re-visit it to see if there are any changes on those cloud storage plans.

1) Google Drive


It’s a freemium model. Everyone can have a 15GB free Google Drive space upon sign up. Once you use up your 15GB, you can purchase extra space for the following prices.

 

UNLIMITED EDITION
G Suite
G Suite

Yes, there is a way to get a unlimited Google Drive storage. “G-Suite” product is the way to go. If you subscribe for the “G-Suite” business plan for at least 5 users a month, you will be able to get the unlimited storage. So … 10 bucks per user per month… it’s $50 USD per month for the unlimited cloud storage which is the best deal you can get on the market so far.

 

2) Dropbox

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dropbox

We are only talking about unlimited storage here so … Dropbox hasn’t changed their pricing sheet since the last time we mentioned them on our post. You can still get unlimited storage for $60 per month (with their advanced plan for 3 licenses a month. One license costs $20 per month so … it’s 60 bucks a month for unlimited Dropbox cloud storage).

 

3) Amazon Cloud Drive

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amazon-cloud-drive

Sadly, Amazon ended their unlimited storage plan. It used to be only $59.99 USD a year which was the best pricing of all on the market for about 3 years. Yes, we had the plan for 3 years but when they retired their unlimited plan, we stopped using their cloud service since … 1) it’s slow when you have many photos and videos, 2) it’s not competitive anymore 3) since it’s really slow loading our files, we really didn’t even use the service that much … we only logged in and tried to locate our files for fewer than 10 times in 3 years… we figured … we really don’t need to use their cloud service.

 

Final Takeaway

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google-photos

If you only wanna store photos and videos, you don’t even need to pay a dime. Just use Google Photos instead. You can have unlimited storage for your photos and videos (high quality resolution setting) on Google’s cloud. Or… if you have a Google Pixel phone, you can even store full resolution photos and videos on to their cloud for the unlimited storage and … for life for real.