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Best Cloud Storage Solutions for Small Business 2018

Best Cloud Storage Solutions for Small Business 2018

Cloud storage is one of the best investments a small business can make. Disasters strike, devices get misplaced and you never know when you'll need access to files on the go. Cloud storage is also the perfect file-sharing tool, especially for documents and multimedia files are too large to send by email. Whether you need a reliable data backup solution, instant access to files wherever you are or a simple way to share files with clients and colleagues — or all of the above — there is a cloud storage service for you. Here are 21 of the best cloud storage solutions for small businesses in 2018.

Need big business cloud storage at small business-friendly prices? Zoolz gives small businesses access to powerful cloud storage without the sticker shock. Unlike its competitors, Zoolz comes with unlimited users and servers, making it easy to scale the service to your business's needs. There are also no caps on your upload/download bandwidth speeds or file sizes, so you don't have to worry about not being able to use the service when you need it most. Zoolz also offers the first "Tribrid" backup service. This gives small business the flexibility of three cloud storage options: instant storage for your everyday needs, cold storage for files you don't use often and local storage on your server, network or external drive. Zoolz starts at $30 per month for 1 TB. Website: www.zoolz.com

JustCloud is a simple, fast and secure online storage provider. Just Cloud automatically backs up documents, photos, music and videos stored on a user's computer to the cloud so they are never without their files. JustCloud files are accessible from anywhere at anytime and offers unlimited storage, 100 percent automated backups and the ability to sync multiple computers and mobile device apps. JustCloud plans start at $10.69 per month for 75 GB, which includes complete data security and 24/7 technical support. Website: www.justcloud.com

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Hightail helps professionals around the world securely share and control files from anywhere for more effective and efficient collaboration. Users can send files of any size from their computer or mobile device and control exactly who sees them. Users can also share "spaces"— project folders that are each assigned a unique link for sharing with clients and team members —  and authorize who can edit and update them. Hightail offers unlimited storage space and both mobile and desktop apps so files can be accessed from anywhere. Hightail's free plan comes with 2 GB but is limited to 250 MB total file size per space and expire after seven days. Paid plans start at $12 per user per month and comes with unlimited storage space and 25 GB file size, sharing controls and password protection. Website: www.hightail.com

OpenDrive is a cloud-based cloud storage and office suite that you can access from anywhere. It comes with three services to help you run your business: OpenDrive Drive for storing, syncing and sharing files; OpenDrive Notes for notetaking, to-do lists and other word processing; and OpenDrive Tasks for project management. OpenDrive is free for up to 5GB. For unlimited storage, check out paid plans starting at $9.95 per month. Website: www.opendrive.com

Mozy offers cloud backup, sync and mobile access for computers and servers for individuals, businesses and enterprise IT services. Mozy's sync services are simple because they keep every file updated throughout the day. Mozy features include automatic cloud backup, mobile access, military-grade security, data restore capabilities, server backups and data management. Pricing for unlimited servers, computers and laptops starts at $13.98 per month for 10 GB. Without servers, it’s $9.99. Website: www.mozy.com

Carbonite keeps small businesses and home offices running smoothly. The company offers a comprehensive suite of affordable services for data protection, recovery and anytime, anywhere accessibility. The services include automatic backup, easy restore capabilities, anytime, anywhere access and high levels of security. The files it can store include documents, spreadsheets, emails, point-of-sale files, pictures and graphics, videos, financial and accounting files and customer relationship management files. Carbonite offers plans for individuals, businesses and businesses with server needs. Plans range from $59 to $599 a year. Website: www.carbonite.com

Livedrive is an online backup and sync storage company. For businesses, Livedrive offers cloud storage, cloud sync capabilities, Web sharing, cloud collaboration and online backup services. The services offer two different business plans — Express and Standard — which range from $50 to $160 a month. Livedrive also has three different plans for individuals, which cost between $8 and $25 a month. Website: www.livedrive.com

Zip Cloud offers simple online storage for documents, photos, music and more. With Zip Cloud, users can sync all their files across their tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktop computers and share files and folders with others. For businesses, Zip Cloud offers unlimited user accounts, 100 percent automated backups, team collaboration, free mobile apps and 24/7 tech support. Pricing for business plans ranges from $10.69 a month for 75 GB of storage to $14.44 a month for 1 TB of storage. Website: www.zipcloud.com

ADrive delivers online cloud storage services to millions of individuals, businesses and enterprise-level users. ADrive offers the ability to transfer files using SCP, SFTP or Rsync over SSH using any standard clients, Android and iOS mobile apps; anytime, anywhere access to data; a desktop application; and an easy search tool. It also gives users the ability to edit documents online, maintain multiuser accounts and engage in multiple concurrent sessions. Additional services include online collaboration, remote file transfer and 24/7 technical support. Features also include increased security and file history recovery. ADrive offers both personal and business plans. Website: www.adrive.com

CrashPlan combines online storage with complete backup services. The service backs up changed information as often as every minute and continues to watch for changes to data in real time. After the first backup completes, CrashPlan checks for data that is already backed up and ignores it, making subsequent backups much smaller because they contain only new or changed information. It also offers on-the-go secure file access from any mobile device, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Downloaded files are instantly available on a user's mobile device, even when they're offline. CrashPlan also features customer versioning, an online management console, a desktop application and high-level security protection. The system offers plans for businesses and large enterprises. In August 2017, the company announced plans to shut down its home subscription services; those currently on such as plan have about a year to find a suitable replacement. Website: www.crashplan.com

SOS offers online storage and backup services for homes, businesses and enterprises. SOS provides infinite storage, no file size or type limits, incremental backup, version history and archiving, end-to-end encryption and mobile access. For small businesses, SOS for Business protects an unlimited number of PCs and Apple computers, provides unlimited versioning with Timeline Recovery and has built-in local backup. It starts at $4.99 per month for home use, and $29.99 for business use, which includes unlimited devices. Website: www.sosonlinebackup.com

Acronis offers complete data protection, secure file access, and syncing and sharing solutions as well as system management tools suitable for any environment. Designed to work both on premise and in the cloud, Acronis works for any infrastructure — from small local businesses to multisystem enterprises with on-site and off-site endpoints. Designed with small businesses in mind, the Acronis Backup features single-pass disk imaging that protects everything in one simple step. It can also recover anything and restore systems to different hardware without worrying about compatibilities. Website: www.acronis.com

IDrive offers storage plans for individuals and businesses, which range from being free to $74.62 per year. Not only can this service back up your computer — it also boasts extensive file-sharing and syncing capabilities. Specific features include the ability to share files and folders via email, Facebook and Twitter, mobile access, remote management tools and online file syncing. It can also back up multiple devices and back up files in real time. The service is highly secure as it transfers and stores files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers. Website: www.idrive.com

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage solutions available. You can store, share and sync data across all devices via the Dropbox app or the Dropbox website. Access your files anywhere, from desktop computers to laptops, tablets and smartphones. Those who sign up can download the Dropbox app to get started. Users get 2 GB of free storage, file sharing and syncing and security features like SSL encryption, two-step authentication and mobile pass codes. For more storage, Dropbox offers paid subscriptions starting at $8.25 a month per user and comes with 1 TB of space. A business account with unlimited storage is also available for $20 a month per user, which includes enhanced security, team management tools, and priority email and phone support. Website: www.dropbox.com

OneDrive provides Windows users with remote file access and seamless Microsoft Office and Windows Phone integration. It also gives users a number of easy ways to upload and access files: over the Web, directly from Microsoft Office programs (such as when you save a file) and straight from your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows device. OneDrive is free for up to 5 GB of free storage. Additional storage is available with paid subscriptions starting at 50 GB for $1.99 a month and can be purchased on its own or as an add-on to Office 365 plans. Website: onedrive.live.com

Cloud storage isn't just for storing files; it's also a great platform for real-time collaboration. Google Drive offers 15 GB of free cloud storage as well as access to Google's Web-based productivity suite. Users can save, edit and invite others to work on Docs, Sheets and Slides (Google's versions of Microsoft Office's Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively) right on Google Drive itself. Additional storage can be purchased for a monthly subscription, starting at $1.99 a month for 100 GB. Website: drive.google.com

Need a simple way to securely share large files or folders? Box offers cloud storage that makes sharing your content a breeze. After uploading your files, share them by sending a link to recipients or embedding them on your website. Box is also accessible via mobile devices using the Box app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Users get 10 GB of storage for free with a maximum 250 MB file upload size. Free accounts are limited to a single user. To share an account, the Starter plan costs $5 a month per user and includes 100 GB of storage and a 2 GB file upload size limit. Business and enterprise plans for additional storage and users are also available. Website: www.box.com

SugarSync is a file-sharing, online backup and cloud storage solution that works in the background and syncs data across desktop and mobile devices. You can get started by downloading the SugarSync app and dragging and dropping your files and folders. Individual plans start at $7.49 a month for 100 GB of cloud storage. Business plans start at $55 a month for 1 TB of storage and access for up to three users. Custom plans are also available for teams of 10 or more users. Website: www.sugarsync.com

For businesses looking for a hybrid solution, Egnyte offers enterprise-level storage that lets businesses store their data locally and in the cloud. This system enables all types of data to be stored in the public cloud, while highly sensitive data benefits from the higher security and better reliability of on-premise servers. Egnyte cloud storage offers flexible and scalable plans that start at $8 a month per employee. This basic plan includes 5 TB of space and a maximum 10 GB file upload size. Website: www.egnyte.com

Bitcasa is a unique type of cloud storage that acts kind of like an external hard drive. Instead of just syncing files across devices, Bitcasa has a "store once, access anywhere" approach that lets users access and run files from the Bitcasa client itself. Security is also a top priority — unlike many cloud storage services, files are encrypted before they even reach Bitcasa's servers, keeping your private files secure. It also offers offline access and a "mirroring" option for real-time auto backups. A free 60-day trial is available, which includes 5 GB of free storage for up to three devices. Paid accounts start at $10 a month for 1 TB of storage with access for five devices. Website: www.bitcasa.com

With high-profile data security and privacy breaches escalating over the past couple of years, SpiderOak aims to give businesses some peace of mind. The company offers a 100 percent private cloud storage, online backup, sync and sharing service that utilizes a "zero-knowledge" privacy environment. "Zero-knowledge" means only the user can see the stored data — not even the SpiderOak staff or the government. The SpiderOak client supports Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS devices. SpiderOak offers a 1TB plan for $12 per month. Storage plans range from 100 GB to 5 TB, starting at $5 per month. Website: www.spideroak.com

For people who need big-business cloud storage on a small-business budget, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) offers advanced features with Web-scale computing capabilities at an affordable price. Small businesses get access to the same cloud used by Amazon and its big-name customers — such as Netflix, Pinterest and NASDAQ — which is a highly scalable infrastructure that comes with the same security, reliability and speed that the company offers to its big customers. Businesses can store and distribute documents, media, applications and other types of files; implement backup, archiving and disaster-recovery systems; and host their website on Amazon's servers. Amazon S3 is free and comes with 5 GB of storage and 15 GB of data transfer a year. Tiered pricing is available for additional storage and bandwidth needs. Website: www.aws.amazon.com/s3/

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Additional reporting by Sara Angeles.

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Andreas Rivera

Andreas Rivera graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Mass Communication and is now a B2B writer for Business.com, Business News Daily and Tom's IT Pro. His background in journalism brings a critical eye to his reviews and features, helping business leaders make the best decisions for their companies.