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Nirvanix may be against the wall. Some Cloud Storage Alternatives.

Wed, 18th September 2013, 13:06

In the competitive world of tech companies and web hosting, it doesn’t take long for the vultures to circle! Shortly after it was reported that Enterprise cloud storage provider Nirvanix has given customers until the end of month to find a new home for their data , Infrastructure as a Service provider Global Net Access (GNAX) announced it is ready to welcome Nirvanix customers to the fold.

A source quoted on InformationAge claims that Nirvanix has told employees that it had "gone to the wall". It instructed them to warn customers that the service will be switched off on September 30th. 

Jeff Hinkle, Global Net Access chief executive officer states in the press release:

It is an unfortunate situation for these customers that we have seen many times in this industry. Startups are great. They are the creative engines of our economy, but they are inherently risky. As a customer, it is hard to see that risk because you are receiving such a great product. That is until an announcement like this gets made. 

Okay whatever. Nirvanix isn’t a startup!

Nirvanix, which is headquartered in San Diego, was founded in 2007 after an online storage company called StreamLoad split into consumer and business units. The consumer offshoot MediaMax botched the migration onto the Nirvanix platform which resulted in customers getting one month to relocate. Since then Nirvanix has established itself as a credible cloud storage provider. In 2011, IBM signed a partnership with the company to use Nirvanix as the basis of its SmartCloud storage service.

GNAX Hinkle says "It is a sad situation for Nirvanix. We wish all their employees well. But the important thing is that their customers have a safe place to go here at GNAX.

HostJury, while trying to avoid recommending any particular companies to host your data, thought it important enough to offer alternatives suggestions to GNAX and Jeff Hinkle. (editor’s note.. honestly, we have absolutely nothing against either GNAX or Jeff Hinkle but that announcement truly comes across as quite opportunistic.. and distasteful)

It can be difficult to sort through the virtually endless cloud storage and filehosts available, so below is a list of the some of the more popular options for cloud storage services, and a comparison of their pricing and storage details. Each site generally caters to a specific niche of storage and sharing with most offering both consumer and enterprise level plans.

Box

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Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Personal (Free)

1 User Free

Get 10GB secure storage

50MB file upload size

 

Starter

Shared workspace for your team or project

Min 1 - Max 10

100 GBh

        2 GB

$5/user/month

Business

Content collaboration and user management

Minimum 3

1000 GB

        5 GB

$15/user/month

Enterprise

Secure and scalable content and management

Customized

Unlimited

       5 GB

Call for Pricing

 

Carbonite

Protect your files with Carbonite Online Backup

 

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Home

1

Unlimited

None (Videos and files larger than 4GB must backed up manually)

$59.99/yr

Home Plus

External hard drive backup option, local backup image

1

Unlimited

None (Videos and files larger than 4GB must backed up manually)

$99.99/yr

Home Premier

Automated video backup, plus Courier Recovery Service- your files sent on an HDD

 1

Unlimited

None (Files larger than 4GB must backed up manually)

$149.99/yr

Business

Anywhere access, custom web-based dashboard for group use

Unlimited

250 GB (each additional 50GB costs $55/yr)

None

$229.99/yr

Business Premier

Enhanced server backup options.

Unlimited

500 GB (each additional 50GB costs $55/yr)

None

$599.99/yr

 

Egnyte

Online File Sharing! Share, Store and Back up File

 

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Office

5-24

1 TB

2.5GB

$8 per user per month (annual)

Business

25-100

2 TB

5GB

$15 per user per month (annual)

Business

Content collaboration and user management

Unlimited

3TB and up

10GB

Call for Pricing

 

Dropbox 

 

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Free

1

2GB+ (500MB per referral)

None

Free

Pro

1

100, 200, 500GB

None

$9.99/19.99/49.99/mo

$8.25/16.60/41.60/mo (billed annually)

Business

Unlimited

1 TB

None

$795/yr for 5 users, $125/yr for each additional user

 

JustCloud

 

There is more than a fair share of gripes about hidden fees, bad service, and slow speeds. The pricing seems deceptively good here, as does their ‘cancel anytime’ offer for their two year contracts.

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Home

1

75GB

10GB

$5.56/mo or $3.59/mo for 2-year contract  

Premium

1

250GB

10GB

$6.36/mo or $3.95/mo for 2-year contract 

Unlimited

1

Unlimited  

10GB

$7.96/mo or $5.56/mo for 2-year contract

Business 100GB       

4

100GB

10GB

$15.99/mo or $12/mo for 1-year contract

Business 250GB

4

250GB

10GB

$27.99/mo or $21/mo for 1-year contract

Business 500GB

4

500GB

10GB

$39.99/mo or $30/mo for 1-year contract

 

MediaFire

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Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Basic

Short-term storage, CAPTCHA required for downloads

1

10-50GB

200MB

Free

Pro
Additional pricing for additional features

1

100GB+

10GB

$4.99/mo 

Premium

Additional pricing for additional features,

customizable domains and branding.

100+

1TB+

10GB

$49.99

 

RapidShare

RapidShare button 

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Standard 100MB transfer per day

1

10GB

300MB

Free

Standard Plus 10GB transfer per day    

1

300GB         

2GB

$10.95/ mo                

Premium 40GB transfer per day

1

700GB

Unlimited

$21.91/mo

 

ShareFile

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ShareFile seems to exist specifically for corporate entities to share files with clients and customers, rather than for personal/business backup space. With that in mind, the prices per storage/bandwidth are outrageous in comparison to the other offerings we have here but it does appear to looks like a decent service- albeit slightly more expensive. You get what you pay for maybe...

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Basic

2

5GB

5Gb

$29.95

Professional       

10

10GB

10Gb

$59.95

Corporate

20+

20GB

20GB

$99.95

Enterprise

Unlimited 

Customized storage size     

100GB

Customized pricing        

 

Hightail 

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Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Personal (Free)    

1

2GB

50MB

Free

Professional

1

Unlimited

2GB

$15.99/mo

Teams

  2-100

  Unlimited           

10Gb

$24.99/mo

Enterprise

Unlimited     

Unlimited

Customized options    

Customized quote       

 

 

SugarSync 

Try SugarSync Free! 

Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Personal 60GB

1

60GB

Unlimited

$7.49/mo OR $74.99/yr (annual billing)

Personal 100GB

1

100GB

Unlimited

$9.99/mo OR $99.99/yr (annual billing)

Personal 250GB

1

 250GB

Unlimited

$24.99/mo OR $249.99/yr (annual billing)

Business

3-10

1TB

Unlimited

3 users = $55/mo OR $550/yr (annual billing)   

 

MegaCloud

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Plan Type

Users

Storage

Upload Limits

Price

Free                      

1                      

8GB                   

None                               

Free                                 

100GB

1

100GB

None

$9.99

200GB

1

200GB

None

$19.99

 

Users of any of these hosting provider's services are encouraged to share their experiences with others by writing a review. Price, marketing spin, or brand recognition may cause you to consider one of these or many other companies. Regardless of your reason for needing cloud storage or a file host. Choose wisely.