Amazon has been more than dabbling its toes in the realm of cloud services – they’re one of the leading providers. Between offering users, businesses, and researchers the ability to offload CPU usage onto their server clusters and storing massive amounts of data for some of the Internet’s hottest websites, Amazon is a top tier partner for anyone looking to move things online.
It came as no surprise, then, when the company announced its Cloud Drive service a year ago next month. Like many competing options, users get 5GB of file storage, free of charge – enough for most people to store their most important files safely in the cloud. If you need a little extra space, you can snag 20GB for $10 a year, working incrementally up to 1TB for $500 a year. This is on top of their Cloud Player, which stores all of your Amazon-purchased music for free, with an extra 250 of your own uploaded titles. You can bump that number up to 250,000 songs for just $25 a year.
Still, while using the service as something of a digital junkbox worked well enough, the lack of any sort of syncing technology prevented users from using Amazon’s Cloud services exclusively. As of today, that problem is solved, with Amazon’s addition of File Sync to its desktop Cloud Drive applications.
It works similarly to options from Dropbox and Box, where users get a folder on their local computer; files dragged here are uploaded to your Cloud Drive space and aytomatically synced with any other computers on which you’ve logged into the Cloud Drive app. If you use Amazon’s various cloud-based tools already, you might find some use in their new Cloud Drive additions; otherwise, it may not be worth the hassle.
Regardless, this refinement likely worries Dropbox, as well as others, as Amazon has a lot more money to throw at any problem that may arise.
via: The Verge