Some cloud services offers a few gigabytes for free, but after about one year there is a service charge that is applied monthly to have an increased amount of storage or for use of the service.
1. Offsite Protection
Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive and Dropbox are all examples of cloud services that offer protection of your data from local physical threats like fire, flood, theft, power surges, viruses and even hard drive failure. A burglar that takes your laptop or tablets, may also get your hard drive, unless it is stored in another location; floods and fires can damage or even completely destroy your devices along with your external hard drive, if they are in the same location.
2. Access From Anywhere
Documents, photos, videos, which have been backed up to a cloud service can be retrieved from anywhere in the world that there is an internet connection and computer system, tablet or smartphone. Free apps are available for most cloud services which makes retrieving your data much easier from your mobile device.
3. Sharing Information
Instead of attempting to email large quantities or large files of photos or videos, which can inevitably clog your outbox and their inbox, cloud computing can resolve this by reducing the congestion. All that is required is for you to upload the files to the cloud storage, then send the intended receiver the link that is associated with those files for them to download and view.
4. Real-time Collaboration
Cloud computing enables persons, in particular students and co-workers, to simultaneously work on projects in real time, even if in completely different geographical locations. Two or more employees can collaborate on a project together and see each other’s ideas, instead of sending revisions back and forth to each other.
5. Right Price
Most consumer based cloud service companies offers storage of around 10 to 15 gigabytes for free, only Dropbox offers less. This capacity is usually adequate for most users, or they can create multiple account and access more storage that way if not satisfied with the initial amount. Other than that, there is a cost for additional capacity on each account and the price varies based on your requirements.