The Race to $0

by | Mar 27, 2015 | Web Resources | 4 comments

cloud storageToday’s blog is tangential to voice-over, and yet it concerns each and every one of us who uses “The Cloud”…which is probably 95% of us…or should be.

It’s about space, co-location, server farms, bandwidth, but most of all, access to all you want, when you want, wherever you are, and whatever device you’re using.

It’s no secret that the big players in this space:

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple
  • DropBox
  • Amazon
  • Box.net
  • SugarSyc

…and others, are fighting tooth ‘n’ nail to be YOUR cloud storage service of choice.  The prices keep coming down, and the ease-of-use keeps going up.  But now Amazon is going for broke…or it may go broke in the process.

Unlimited storage.  Not 50 Gigs, not 100 Gigs…UNLIMITED.  It’s not down to zero dollars yet, but the blood-letting isn’t over either, and the other guys will counter this offer…bet on it.

As it stands today though, Amazon is offering the unlimited storage plan for $60/yr…with a three month free trial.

…and you don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify.  There’s a lesser plan for unlimited photo storage that costs $11.99/yr.

When you think about it…that’s insanely cheap.  Why is this so important?  Because of the insatiable and growing demand for pictures and video (of which I’m guilty for promoting on the pages of this blog).  These two items take up more space than anything else, and of course everyone wants HD…which demands even more space.

Here’s the Amazon Cloud Drive page with more info. 

Here’s a link to a TechCrunch story on this.

Have a great weekend!

CourVO

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  1. Bob Schmidt

    Oddly enough, when I read the subject line, the first thing that came to my mind was the ever famous topic of P2P websites and race to the bottom as far vo talent goes and the rates. Did not think it would be about cloud based back-up services. Nevertheless, great post Dave.

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  2. John McClain

    A great service that rivals Amazon in this space is Backblaze. Automatically backs up your computer to the cloud, unlimited storage for $5/month or $50 per year. Great service and no, I get no money from them.

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    • CourVO

      John,

      Thanks for this. Love the BackBlaze service, but it’s…not…exactly…the same. I’m missing that integration in my OS menus and the ability to store and retrieve files that don’t necessarily meet their B/U definition. Can’t beat the price, though…I’m probably going to switch to them from Carbonite for my auto-backup.

      Thanks!
      CourVO

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  3. Jen Gosnell

    Holy moly, Dave! Thanks for this pointer. That truly is a game-changer and I’m eager to see what the competitors will bring to the table. I’ve been mulling over my best and most cost-efficient options for cloud storage, so this is of great interest to me.

    John, thanks for the pointer to Backblaze. I’ll check them out as well!

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