It may seem like we picked Amazon Cloud Drive out of the air however I feel it’s necessary to elaborate on the decision to pick Amazon Cloud Drive for my previous posts.
There are a number of affordable cloud storage providers out there and I must confess, I didn’t have enough time to test them all - the search came to a halt when realising Amazon Cloud Drive excelled in every aspect. In the future I intend to continue testing so that the options are kept open. After all leaving the choice to one provider is not something I am a fan of.
The simplest way I could think of showing the options are with a table. So that’s what we’ll do!
|Provider||FUSE filesystem||Throughput (network)*||Storage||Price (USD)|
|hubiC||✓ Yes (unstable)||✗ 10 Mbps capped||10 TB**||$5.56|
|Amazon Cloud Drive||✓ Yes||✓ > 500 Mbps (uncapped)||Unlimited***||$5.00|
|Google Drive||✓ Yes||✗ Inconsistent (1 Mbps)||Unlimited||$10.00|
|One Drive||✓ Yes||UNTESTED||1 TB||$6.99|
|Dropbox||✓ Yes (official)||UNTESTED||1 TB||$9.99|
|MediaFire||✓ Yes (official)||UNTESTED||100 TB||$24.99|
* Throughput is tested from multiple locations. The best consistent result is shown.
** 500 GB extra free for every referral.
*** Unlimited is ambiguous. Tests have shown > 10 TB can be stored with no issue.
Note: Currencies converted to USD on 15th August 2015. For annual plans, the cost is divided by 12.
A Note on FUSE
There are plenty of FUSE filesystems for cloud object storage. However very little of them are capable of reading from specific bytes of a file, this is essential for scrubbing through a file and starting media quickly. It’s not much good if the filesystem has to fully download the file into local memory before being able to playback.
For those not familiar with object storage, it’s not designed in the same way as traditional block storage. You don’t write 1’s and 0’s to object storage, you write entire files. Reading and writing to these with as a mount can always be tricky - luckily FUSE makes this a bit simpler.
I have excluded plans which are more expensive. MediaFire was an exception on the basis of their high storage.
Future of This Table
More options to add? Leave a message on Disqus and we can attempt to test.