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Review of popular cloudy services

Every year all become more popular cloudy storages of data. Yandex, Google, Mail.Ru – all giants of the market create "clouds". tries to understand what of them is better.

In general, cloudy service or cloudy storage of data is an online storage. If to speak a simple language, this storage of the data on any servers located in a network. As your hard drive only located for hundreds or even thousands of kilometers from you.

That server on which your data are stored is called as "cloud". It can turn out and so that your "cloud" will be located on other continent! But, most likely, it will be somewhere in the territory of our country or in Europe.

If you have rather fast connection to the Internet, you also will not notice that work with files not on the hard drive, and on the server, far from you. You will have an access to "cloud" practically from any device – the desktop computer, the laptop, the tablet and even the smartphone.

But we will pass directly to the review of cloudy storages.

Yandex. Disk

Yandex. The disk began the work in May, 2012. Then registration was available only by invitations. However, it was rather simple to receive it. It was only necessary to leave the demand and to wait for the answer to e-mail. The author of this article, for example, received the invitation in one and a half-two weeks.

Now any user can be registered and receive the cloud on Yandex. By default everyone receives on 3 gigabytes of space. But it is very easy to expand them to full-fledged 10 gigabytes.

  1. Install the program "Yandex. A disk" on the computer. An occasional seat – 3 gigabytes.
  2. Load the first file on the Disk. An occasional seat – 2 gigabytes.
  3. Share the reference to Yandex. A disk with friends on social networks (VKontakte, Twitter, Facebook or in any other). You receive 2 more gigabytes.

It is also possible to buy additional volume on a cloud. Prices following:

  • 10 gigabytes – "The flash card volume". 30 rubles a month or 300 rubles a year – 2 months free of charge;
  • 100 gigabytes – "The laptop volume". 150 rubles a month or 1500 rubles a year – again 2 months as a gift;
  • 1 terabyte or 1000 gigabytes – "The server volume". 900 rubles a month or 9000 rubles a year – again 2 free months.

Decided to put the main emphasis of Yandex on the maximum synchronization of a cloud between different devices. It is possible to use the Disk directly from the browser (the Disk tab in Yandex. To mail). Programs for Windows (including also the latest 8), are available to Mac OS and even Linux. There are applications for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Thus, by means of the Disk it is possible to transfer quickly files between, for example, your smartphone on Android, iPad on iOS and the laptop on Windows. Conveniently for those who it is constant in traveling, when there is no access to the home computer.

On it, perhaps, all interesnost of Yandex. A disk come to an end. Opportunities to edit documents are not present, it is only possible to look through. And to adjust the general access. It is possible to listen to music from the Disk by means of Yandex. Music.

Google Drive

Google Drive was urged to replace with itself the Google service Documents. Began the work of Drive in April, 2012. The main counter of the Disk – opportunity fully to work with documents directly in a cloud. It is possible to create and edit spreadsheets, presentations, text documents, etc. The MS Office and Open Office files can also be edited.

By default users free of charge receive 15 gigabytes of space. That is interesting, it is used at once by some Google services – Gmail, Drive and Google +. That is 15 Gbytes on everything at once.

And one more "by the way" - the place is taken by your files: documents MS Office, archives, photos, etc. And the documents created directly in the Disk do not borrow byte.

If the taken-away space is not enough for you, it is possible to buy additional gigabytes. Tariffs following:

  • 100 gigabytes – $4,99 a month (about 150 rubles);
  • 200 gigabytes – $9,99 a month (300 rubles);
  • 400 gigabytes – $19,99 a month (600 rubles);
  • 1 terabyte – $49,99 a month (1500 rubles);
  • 2 terabytes – $99,99 a month (3000 rubles);
  • 4 terabytes – $199,99 a month (6000 rubles);
  • 8 terabyte - $399,99 a month (12000 rubles);
  • 16 terabyte – $799,99 a month (24000 rubles).

As you can see, even the most exacting user will find a tariff necessary to it.

As for synchronization. There are clients for Windows and Mac, and also mobile applications for Android and iOS. The client for Linux is not present so far, but, according to official information, works in this direction are conducted. It is possible to work with the Disk from the browser.


If to speak frankly, Mail seriously was late with the cloudy storage. There began the work the Cloud only in August of this year. It is natural that Yandex. The disk and Google Drive already won popularity of users. To draw their attention, it was necessary to think up something unprecedented. In Mail'e thought up.

The user can receive absolutely free of charge 100 (HUNDRED!) gigabyte of storage! It is difficult to remember, what else cloudy service provided so much space free of charge.

At first only 10 gigabytes are provided, the others 90 can be received, having performed simple tasks:

  1. To establish the client on the computer – 10 gigabytes.
  2. To install the application on the smartphone – 10 gigabytes.
  3. To create the public file in a cloud – 10 gigabytes.
  4. To include automatic loading of photos from phone – 10 gigabytes.
  5. To tell friends on social networks about service – 25 gigabytes.

After implementation of these requirements other 25 gigabytes are provided.

It is possible to use a cloud directly from the browser, from the computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) and from smartphones (Android, iOS).

According to official information, all files uploaded in a cloud are stored in one of the largest and most reliable storages. There is this storage in Europe.

Ubuntu One

The oldest of all above-stated services. Ubuntu One began the work in 2009. Canonical (Ubuntu company developer) focuses on synchronization of files between devices and a music striming on mobile devices.

The Striming of music works by such principle. The user connects the Music Streaming service to the cloud. Then he buys songs in Ubuntu One shop. And, at last, listens to music on the smartphone or the tablet with Android or iOS onboard.

It should be noted that Canonical provides the small volume of cloudy storage. In the beginning the user receives only 5 gigabytes free of charge. 20 more it is possible to receive, inviting friends in service (on 500 megabytes for the friend), but it is necessary to find so many companions still.

At connection of Music Streaming you receive 20 more gigabytes monthly. If it is not enough, it is possible to buy 20 more gigabytes for $2,99 (90 rubles) a month or $29,99 (900 rubles) in a year.

Music Streaming costs $3,99 (120 rubles) for every month or $39,99 (1200 rubles) in a year. If to be frank, these are high prices. But you should not forget that other products of Canonical, and especially Ubuntu distribution kit – free. The companies money, eventually are necessary.


Each service is good in own way. As well as always, the choice depends on your requirements. The maximum synchronization – Yandex is necessary. Disk. Want to work fully with documents directly in a cloud – Google Drive. Want large volumes of storage – Oblako@mail.Ru. Want to buy and listen to music with convenient synchronization – your choice of Ubuntu One.

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