Getting cloud storage can dramatically help to reduce the need for deploying, operating and scaling operations for users. It will make life easier and enable you to access your files whether you are, on whatever device.
But the world of cloud storage can be confusing, particularly when it comes down to the cost. We’ve broken down the different costs for your cloud storage that you could be faced with, to help you make the right decision when it comes to picking a provider.
Monthly storage pricing
You will generally find that this is quoted as price per GB, and for some providers, the price will decrease as you purchase more storage. Amazon is a good example of this, as they reduce their storage rates per GB. Try to have a good idea of how much storage you need, so that you don’t greatly overestimate how much you require, and pay more than you need. Alternatively, start with a small amount and increase it as you need.
Not all providers will charge for storage actions, so it can be an unexpected charge for some if they end up with a provider who does charge this. To break it down, storage actions are the changes, adjustments and deletions of the data in your cloud. So for example, if you deleted a file or moved it between folders, these would count as storage actions. Before choosing a provider, make sure you check to see if they charge for this or not.
Usually when you work within the cloud, it will be free, but it’s important to be aware that some providers will charge a fee for removing data from their storage. So if you’re going to be migrating data from a separate cloud or sharing across multiple clouds, this can result in additional expenses. If this is something you think you’ll be doing, check with your provider before you purchase any payment plan.