Cloud Storage Wars

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Writer — March 18, 2014

Sometimes less really is more.
 
Google is launching its own version of “Storage Wars” with new lower pricing for cloud-based Drive, taking aim at cloud services competitors such as Amazon, Box and Dropbox. Small and mid-sized businesses now have tantalizing new options to consider when evaluating their enterprise cloud storage needs.
 
According to Google’s blog, 100GB of monthly storage across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos now costs just $1.99, down from $4.99; 1TB goes for $9.99, down from $49.99; and $99.99 gets you 10TB.
 
To illustrate how much a terabyte of data is, director of product management Scott Johnston wrote, “that’s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things.”
 
So how does Google Drive’s new pricing stack up against Box and Dropbox?
 

Monthly Storage 15GB 100GB 200GB 500GB 1TB 10 TB
Google Drive Free $1.99 N/A   $9.99 $99.99
DropBox Pro   $9.99 $19.99 $49.99    
Box (Business plan, min. 3 users)         $15  
 
Drive also gives users the most free cloud storage, 15GB, whereas Box offers 10BG, Amazon S3 offers 5GB and DropBox offers just 2GB.
 
The new pricing also puts pressure on iCloud from Apple, which charges users $100 annually for 50GB, $40 for 20GB, or $20 for 10GB.



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