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Consumer-based cloud storage providers

Most consumer-oriented public cloud providers offer free online storage with a capacity limit. Users can upload documents, photos and videos without paying until they exceed the capacity limit. The size of the files that can be uploaded may be capped, but users can purchase unlimited storage in the cloud if their budget allows. This requires buying capacity on demand, as the need arises, or paying a nominal monthly subscription fee.

Cloud services support Windows and Android devices, enabling users to create, edit and share documents across devices. Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud, Box, Carbonite, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Mozy, SOS Online Backup, SugarSync and Western Digital My Cloud are among the leading consumer cloud options.

Carbonite and Mozy also offer cloud storage products tailored to business and enterprise uses. In February 2018, Carbonite acquired Mozy from a subsidiary of Dell Technologies.

Although geared toward individuals, companies will sometimes use consumer clouds to store selected data in a private repository, often as a means to sync and share files across a distributed environment. Still, most organizations prefer to use either a public cloud provider or to implement a private cloud they manage on premises for their critical application data.

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