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Storage On The Cloud
ERP for Small Business

Cloud ERP for Small Business is just one of the trends. Over the past 3 years, more and more small companies (without VPNs and ABSs) have been implementing offsite data storage in the cloud. The most popular services all make data accessible from anywhere, without the hassle/cost of maintaining local storage and file-serving systems.

If all you need is data backup, or Cloud ERP for Small Business, this article isn’t for you. But if you wish to store large amounts of data that you regularly access from an array of devices and locations, this article was written to help you choose from the top 3: Dropbox, Skydrive & Google Drive. We’ll do our best to break down:

1. Storage Space
2. Platforms
3. Features
4. Security

1. Storage Space

Each service offers free storage and a variety of upgraded (for a cost) premium storage option. Dropbox starts with 2GB of free space but you get referral perks (500 MB of extra space for every friend you refer Dropbox to) that can bring you up to 18GB if you don’t mind annoying your friends by sharing their email addresses. For more storage, you can upgrade to Pro and get 100GB, 200GB and 500GB from $9.99, $19.99 and $49.99 per month respectively or save money by paying $99, $199 and $499 yearly.

Dropbox Teams provides a solution for larger teams (5 and 50 users). The Team package comes with admin tools for managing files and offers great versatility depending on how many users or storage space you require.

Google Drive is easy to activate from your existing Gmail account. You start with 5GB of storage. Additional space can be purchased with a wide variety of plans (ranging from 25GB to 16TB). Upgrading to any account will simultaneously increase your Gmail storage to 25GB.

SkyDrive comes with 7GB of free space and offers the cheapest upgrade plans of the 3 services. They are unique in that they term their upgrades as add-ons to your 7GB of space. They do not yet offer larger storage settings (SkyDrive is a newcomer to the scene).

2. Platforms

Considering the following:

1. Windows
2. Mac
3. Linux
4. iOS
5. Android
6. Windows Phone

The Dropbox desktop application can be easily downloaded on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. Dropbox is also available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Its is the only service that natively supports Linux; and the only service to support BlackBerry.

Google Drive is available for Windows and Mac OS. It does not support Linux and relies on third party applications. In terms of mobile, Google Drive is available only on iOS and Android.

SkyDrive is readily available for Windows and Mac, but just like Google Drive, it relies on third party programs to work on Linux. SkyDrive is the only service that has their own app for Windows Phone and is also available on iOS and Android.

3. Features

This is a lot to cover, so we’ll lay it out in summary form:

1. Dropbox:

 – Selective Folder Syncing, Events Tracking
– Version History
– Sharing Link
– Facebook Group Integration

2. Drive

 – Selective Folder Syncing
– Events Tracking
– Version History
– Sharing Permission Settings
– Commenting on Files
– Online Document Editor
– Simultaneous Document Editing

3. SkyDrive

 – Events Tracking
– Version History
– Sharing Permission Settings
– Commenting on Files
– Microsoft Office Web Apps
– Simultaneous Document Editing
– Remote Access to Files on PC
– OneNote Mobile App

4. Security

Make no mistake: YOUR FILES ARE ONLINE.  This scenario is less safe than having your files stored on your computer at the office or at home. Of courese, these services are aware of this, and have applied the following security measures.

Dropbox and Google Drive have implemented a 2-step verification process when logging in to via the web. Email and password login is then followed by a second layer in the form of a security code sent to your mobile phone via text or by using the Google Authenticator App (for iOS/Android).

Newcomer SkyDrive handles security by sending an authentic security code to your secondary email address when accessing sensitive information (like editing contact info, etc).

In terms of mobile app security, Dropbox is the only app that has a 4-digit passcode. Although this is a basic security feature, it’s one step ahead than Google Drive and SkyDrive.

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More perspective needed? Check out this great article on TopWeb which covers the “small business leap to ERP accounting“.