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The growth of the online storage solutions has meant cloud backup options have come to replace traditional on-premise hardware, thanks to economies of scale. Instead of the traditional "folder and file" storage system on a single computer, cloud storage distributes that data across someone else's hardware.

We have researched more than 40 of the best cloud storage providers to provide you with our list, selecting only the best providers, based on aspects such as capacity, price, file size, security and ease of use.

1. iDrive

Our pick for the best cloud storage service for businesses for all sizes

Free tier: 5GB | Storage size: 5TB | Number of devices: Unlinted

Fast and capacious
Easy to use
Good security
No two-factor authentication

iDrive offers continuous syncing of your files, even those on network drives. The web interface supports sharing files by email, Facebook and Twitter. Cautious or click-happy users will be pleased to hear that files deleted from your computer are not automatically deleted from the server, so there's less danger of removing something important by accident. 

Up to 30 previous versions of all files backed to your account are retained. Another thing to note is that IT admins have access to the iDrive Thin Client application, which allows them to backup/restore, manage settings, and more for all their connected computers via a centralized dashboard.

For photos, you have a neat facial recognition feature that helps you to automatically organize them as well as syncing them across all your linked devices. iDrive also offers iDrive Express which sends you a physical hard disk drive if you lose all your data, allowing for the swift restoration of all your backed up files. 

An enhanced version - aptly named iDrive Business - exists and offers priority support, single sign-on as well as unlimited users and server backup. While iDrive Personal offers 5TB or 10TB per user, their professional counterparts get between 250GB and 12.5TB of online storage.

Visit the iDrive website.

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pCloud— best for a one-off payment
Get 2TB lifetime cloud storage for $350. At face value, you might think pCloud's offering is a little on the expensive side. However, a one-off payment will be cheaper in the long run, because you won't have to worry about outrageous renewal fees. Plus, you can rest easy in the knowledge your data is secured by strong encryption and extensive redundancies.
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Zoolz Cloud Storage — best for security
Get 5TB cloud storage backup $49.95 per year. Zoolz is a powerful hybrid backup solution where you can combine cloud storage with on-site external storage for the best performance and security. Its entire infrastructure is built on top of AWS, so you can trust that it's secure.
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The best cloud storage services compared

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pCloud10GB2TB52FAxxx
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