5 Dropbox alternatives for the small business


by Ben Sullivan| 13 January 2014

With the recent Dropbox outage, CBR looks at what other cloud storage solutions are out there.

This weekend, the Dropbox website suffered an outage that was originally claimed to be a result of a hacker DDOS attack.

Dropbox has refuted that claim, saying that the real cause was an OS upgrade to some servers.

"Unfortunately, a bug installed this upgrade on several active servers, which brought down the entire service," said Aditya Agarwal, VP of engineering, in a post on the Dropbox blog.

"Your files were always safe, and despite some reports, no hacking or DDoS attack was involved."

Even if the claims from hacker groups were hoaxes, the fact that Dropbox did suffer a website outage still highlights problems that customers just shouldn't be having with such a service.

The cloud storage firm has a history of slip ups that could have potentially cost customers much more than money. Password breaches were followed by some businesses issuing mandates to employees to stop using the service. Before that, Dropbox's password authentication service went down for a few hours, letting anybody log in to any accounts with any password!

This is the kind of security issue you just can't allow to happen if you're any kind of business, so CBR gives you five top Dropbox alternatives if you feel the need to migrate your cloud storage solution.

Google Drive

Google's very own cloud storage solution, Google Drive is a slick looking platform with built in services like Google Docs and Google Sheets.

Although the initial 15GB storage actually counts for Gmail and photos you've stored in Google+ as well, the pricing still isn't that bad. There is a 16TB storage option but that could cost you $10,000 a year.

Google Drive also has a downloable client, making it easy to drag and drop files when not on a web browser, and also supports a whole host of third party add-ons.

One downside is that by using Google Drive, you may be susceptible to NSA snooping. Google openly denies this:"I'm not sure I can say this more clearly: We're not in cahoots with the NSA," says David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer.

But for small businesses, there's no black marks in Drive's security history, and you can also encrypt and password-protect your personal files.

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