Amazon on March 26 introduced a new unlimited tier for its Cloud Drive cloud-based storage service. All Amazon customers can now get unlimited file storage, including photos, videos, and other documents, for $59 per year. Amazon in Nov. 2014 first began offering unlimited photo storage as part of a Prime subscription.
Non-Prime members can now also buy unlimited photo storage for $11.99 per year. Amazon has dedicated Cloud Drive apps for most major platforms (including Android, iOS, OS X, and Windows) to manage cloud-hosted files.
Several competing cloud storage providers, including Box and Microsoft, began offering unlimited cloud storage space for certain customers in 2014. Other, including Dropbox and Apple, greatly increased the amount of cloud storage space they made available to customers.
OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers | OneDrive Blog
Dropbox, for example, now offers 1 terabyte of cloud storage for $9.99 per month, up from 100 gigabytes offered earlier at that same price. Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage space to all customers, with as much as 1 terabyte available for $19.99 per month.
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Box removed all storage limits for its business tier customers July 2014, with the cloud storage provider saying that storage capacity is only a concern "when it's a roadblock." Box has offered unlimited storage for its enterprise tier customers since 2010.
On March 4, Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba opened its first cloud computing facility outside of China. The facility, located in California's Silicon Valley, will initially be aimed at Chinese companies looking to do business in the U.S.
This offer supports our core Google Cloud Platform philosophy: we want developers to focus on code; not worry about managing infrastructure… We look forward to helping the next generation of startups launch great products.
- Julie Pearl, Director of Developer Relations at Google
Google announced a program in Sept. 2014 to give startups with less than $5 million in funding, less than $500,000 in annual revenue, and that are working out of select incubators or accelerators $100,000 worth of cloud computing credit for free. The company's cloud platform powers startups like Snapchat and Getaround.
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