Data storage is a key component for many small and large businesses to securely keep track of information. There are many different options available and can be confusing for business owners to pick the best option for their needs. We'll break down the top 5 cloud storage options for businesses below.
Amazon Web Service (AWS)
AWS has a large selection of cloud storage products to choose from, making it a great option for most businesses. The most popular products include the Amazon Simple Storage Service, which allows you to access and upload your data from anywhere, and AWS Backup which is a fully automated backup service so that you don't have to worry about keeping track of your data. You can also easily connect the cloud storage to AWS cloud computing options depending on your business needs. No matter what product you choose, you can count on AWS for security so that you know your data is stored in a safe and secure location. Most of the products AWS offers has reasonable pricing that is charged based off the amount of data you're storing which makes it a great choice for both small and large businesses.
Dropbox Business is a great option for team data storage and sharing. There is an intuitive UI that can be used to upload, access, and manage your files and data making Dropbox Business a beginner friendly option. You control who on your team has access to which files in a secure server where the data is stored. There is also great integration with collaboration tools (Slack, Zoom) so you can share and keep everyone on your team on the same page. Dropbox Business has two plan options -- one option is for a specific amount of storage and the other option is for unlimited storage -- and is billed either monthly or yearly at a flat price.
Google Drive is included as a part of any G Suite business plan so if your business already uses other Google products, consider using Google Drive for your data storage needs. Storage is unlimited for most business plans so if you're dealing with lots of data, you won't have to worry about going over any quotas. Google Drive integrates well with other Google products allowing you to easily share data using Gmail or import data into Google Sheets for analysis. There is great 24/7 customer service available if you run into issues or just need help getting things set up. Billing is per user per month so depending on your business, you might get the most out of having only a few members of your teams using Google Drive.
Box for business is very similar to Dropbox in that there's a great UI for you to manage your data, your data is stored in a secure server, and there is a focus on team collaboration of the data you're storing. Box has more plan options than Dropbox, allowing you to more easily customize your plan based on your business needs and/or find a pricing option that fits. There is no maximum number of team members that can be added to most plans so you won't have to worry about plan pricing as your business grows. The one catch is that most plans have a single file upload size limit of 5GB which may not work for all businesses.
Microsoft OneDrive is very similar to Google Drive in that if your business already uses other Microsoft products, Microsoft OneDrive is a great option for your data storage needs. It has seamless connections to other Microsoft products and collaboration is easy between the different products. There are many plan options but be careful because some plans don't include access to Microsoft Office products which will prevent you from collaborating. All plans are priced per user per month so you may end up having to choose who on your team gets access.