Cloud Storage is (finally) getting cheaper!
We have written about the Cloud Storage war between Google, Dropbox and the other players before. We also have discussed the general advantages (and disadvantages) of relying on the Cloud, and have posted very specifically about very good deals on Adobe Creative Cloud.
Things just got a bit more interesting today: Google has officially lowered the price of the monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB.
Keep in mind that the additional Google storage works across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. Google’s standard 15GB plan remains free. Yay!
Most photographers and filmmakers I know could benefit from additional storage. It’s Google the best way to go? Not necessarily. We use Google Drive to share online documents, but we prefer Dropbox to exchange files within our team. A FREE account on Dropbox offers 2GB (actually 2.5GB using this link). To “upgrade” Dropbox to 100GB will cost you $99/year or $8.25/month, still four times higher than Google’s new pricing structure.
Will Dropbox lower their prices> Let’s just hope!
Cloud Storage Solutions and Adobe Lightroom.
In the past couple of weeks, we have done several One-on-One Consulting sessions where the “Cloud Storage” question came up. This is a very quick overview of the most popular online storage options with pricing and direct links to each.
My own situation:
• My Lightroom Catalog has 70,000 RAW Images. I shoot a lot, but I am merciless editing.
• The entire catalog (NOT the RAW files) takes about 26GB of space.
• The RAW files take about 860GB of space.
This means I need about 900GB of storage space if I wanted to move my Lightroom Catalog, including all RAW files, to the Cloud.
Dropbox customers are provided with 2 GB for free.
IMPORTANT: If you don’t have a Dropbox account, use this link to get started. You get 2GB for free, and we both get an additional 500MB as a bonus. Hurry up!
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