With so many options for remote data backup available today, FREE online data storage never had so much excitement going around. Here are some of the new services I came across recently.
Mozy is a remote backup and archiving service that requires you to create a mozy user account and install a software on your computer, It is a small download available at their site with which you get 1 GB of backup storage. But if you fill out their survey, they give you 2 GB of space. Mozy provides Open File support, 128-bit SSL Support (to secure your data during transport) and 448-bit Blowfish Encryption (to secure your data on our server)
In return for the free Mozy data backup service, Mozy will be sending emails to its users with advertisements for products and services useful for the users in its opinion. Not really a great ask for all the storage space they are offering.
Mashable has written a quick introduction of the next two online storage solutions": AllMyData and Openomy.
Of these two, I found the approach of Openomy quite interesting. Instead of folders, Openomy has adopted the 'tags' concept to organize the files. Something really interesting and never heard of before in online data backups. It is currently offering 1Gb of storage space and it is absolutely free to use.
Also it can allow certain outside applications (of your choice) to interact with your data. For development of these web applications, it has made available the API documentation. An example application has been developed by Maurice Codik called Openomy/RSS which publishes feeds with tags and notifies the subscribers when files under the feed's tags get updated.
The other site AllMyData is more of a p2p kind solution using the power of grid, in which you get free storage by sharing space on your hard drive. In the free plan, for every 10 Mb you share, you get 1 Mb of space on Allmydata. So if you share 10 Gb on your hard drive, AllMyData gives you 1 Gb.
Streamload is way ahead when it comes to prviding online storage space in terms of Gb. It offers 10 Gb, almost 10 times the others provide. However, the data is NOT ENCRYPTED and hence loses out to the other services that I mentioned above. But it seems to be a good option for storing the not-so-critical data such as photos or music files. There's another thing though, the downloads are restricted to only 100Mb a month and 10Mb a file.
eSnips again provides 1 Gb of data storage online. However, the interesting part is the eSnips toolbar (for IE only) that allows you to "snip" any content you see on the web and store in your eSnips account. It allows the user to "Save text, images and links from any web site, highlight relevant sections, add personal comments and save the source."
It also allows for file sharing options where the invited people get a link directly to the shared folder where they can add their comments, contribute their own files and also invite more people to the folder. Now that makes it a very good collaborative development tool. I particlularly like the interface they have. Neat and informative.
Besides these free services, there is XDrive, a very popular online file storage option and Strongspace. If you need online storage in excess of 1Gb and are willing to pay, then these two are options worth considering.
Openomy Streamload eSnips AllMyData Mozy xDrive