It's been a little quiet on the cloud storage front recently, we had a barrage of storage increases earlier in the year, but expect things to heat up again as Box gets the number balls rolling. 

More Storage for the Masses

Many of us have cloud storage for free with the varying services we use. But how much of it do we actually use, and how many users manage it smartly, or it is just becoming a digital dumping ground? It'd be inciteful to find out, but for now the dump just got bigger. 

Box is offering a 10GB bucket for free for all users, while introducing a 100GB Starter offering for small business (1 to 10 users) for just US$ 5 a month. That's not a huge amount considering a 500GB hard drive will cost you around US$ 40, or a 3TB drive for just US$ 150, but for the distributed business, or those in need of remote storage, it's a pretty good deal. 

It also adds another level to the enterprise battle, where we are sure some departments with strict cost controls would find this the easy way to add some extra storage without it appearing as a hardware purchase. Expect the likes of SkyDrive (or whatever Microsoft end up renaming it), Google Drive and others to respond soon. 

The Business of Storage

With enterprises still in the process of slowly moving over from tape-storage to backup-appliance type devices, don't expect cautious, litigious businesses to think of flocking to the cloud any time soon. But for smaller business who just need somewhere to store their stuff or share files with others, Box's offering, explained on its blog, is a tempting offer. 

The deal comes with the following features and limits. 

  • 100 GB of pooled online storage
  • 2 GB file size limit
  • Auto-expirations
  • File locking
  • Access stats
  • Role-based access
  • Version history up to 25

And, if that $5 a month charge is an issue, then head over to Twitter where the company is giving 10 of the Starter packs away for a year. Expect Box's rivals to respond to this move in short order, when the storage war goes up a gear this fall.