Personal cloud storage market has evolved over the last few years. Consumers are now more aware of the latest services in the market, and how they can make the most out of them. It’s for this very reason that cloud based storage service providers have been led to innovate, and sometimes even build newer services from the ground up.
Dropbox is all set to launch a new Dropbox for Business API, according to reports. The API will enable developers to work on enterprise entered apps that can be built right on top of Dropbox. Dropbox has agreed that the company now has over 100,000 business users including Spotify, MIT, and Hyatt group of hotels amongst several others.
Google announced Drive for Education, its cloud based storage offering, with free and unlimited storage. The new product will be out in the next few weeks. Drive for Education is a specialized variant of its existing Drive offering, aimed at educational usage.
Along with IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, there are a number of as-a-service available now a day. New services like DaaS, DbaaS and many more are available in the market. OPaaS (on-premises as a service) is a new option from cloud storage specialist Zadara.
Amazon is now looking to actively compete with the likes of Dropbox and Box in the enterprise storage market. The company today announced the launch of its new service called Zocalo. At its heart, the service is a secure enterprise storage service. The service is available in a limited preview mode to select customers starting today.
Google today announced a partnership with cloud storage company Panzura along with a free storage option for developers. The company will offer 2TB of storage for free, valid for a full year. The move is expected to push the company’s cloud storage offerings even further as it looks to compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and others.
After Google, it’s now Microsoft’s turn to cool down prices for personal cloud based storage services. The company’s OneDrive cloud storage service announced a significant bump up to its free tier, from 7GB previously to a massive 15GB now. The company also announced price drops for more storage.
Cloud storage services provider Box announced that the company will be offering its cloud based services to General Electric. The two companies have inked a deal which will allow Box to offer GE employees with its cloud based storage services so they can share files from any computer, phone or a tablet.
Microsoft is bumping storage capacity on its cloud based storage service OneDrive for Business. The new limit is 1TB per user, up from 25GB. The new data storage limits are also applicable to existing and new Office 365 ProPlus customers, who will now be able to get 1TB of storage on OneDrive (for Business) for $15.20 per month.
It is pretty common knowledge now, certainly to people interested in the cloud, that Amazon has been the early pacesetter in this emerging technology. But given that the cloud will be, and indeed already is, a hugely significant platform in the future, many other big players are already trying to play catch-up. And they don’t get much bigger than Google, who are already exhibiting the signs of an aggressive strategy towards the cloud. So who will come out on top in the cloud storage war – Amazon or Google?