The best online storage providers always have a solution for Windows users, which is quick, easy to install and a user friendly interface. But what about Mac users? traditionally, Mac users would rely on time machine to backup their data, but this has limitations and as more users turn to top online storage providers, many providers have now developed their software for Mac as well. As many people are now taking speed and performance into consideration when choosing a cloud storage solution, it is important to understand which providers offer fast online storage. In this article, we take a look at the fastest online storage providers, specifically for Mac users.
Without a doubt one of the fastest online storage providers, which is unlimited and runs smoothly on Mac. In fact, some of the individuals who work with Backblaze are actually ex apple employees, so the software has been designed as a native Mac application using Apple’s famous Xcode. It is easy to use and will backup your data quickly and efficiently in the background, so you don’t need to remember to do it, or even take notice of it whilst it’s doing it’s thing. Backblaze is also a secure, affordable option, with plans starting at just $5 per month.
Another fast online storage provider, which comes highly recommended for Mac users is Crashplan. This unlimited backup solution also gives you the option of backing up to your local hard drive and although it does not run natively on Mac, it works just fine. Although Crashplan is extremely competitive with regards to it’s pricing, one thing worth mentioning is that there are no sharing or syncing possibilities, so if you are going to be using it as an online storage solution for business purposes, you might want to think about the ways in which this drawback is going to affect you. All of their price plans, even the ones starting as low as $5.99 per month offer you truly unlimited storage space and they do offer a generous 30 days free trial, for those that wish to try before they buy.
A firm favourite of ours, Idrive can back up your Mac, as well as your mobile devices. It can even backup your tim machine drive, meaning you don’t have to do it over again. Not only is the Idrive setup extremely easy, even for complete novice users, it also allows you to have unlimited devices in just one account. The continuous backup option is perfect for those who don’t want to concern themselves with remembering to create a backup schedule, or who are working remotely making changes to documents all day. IDrive has proven to be one of the fastest online storage providers we have tested, with regards to upload speeds. They do offer 5GB of storage space for free and whilst they are not unlimited like Crashplan, a mere $59.50 per year gives you a generous 1TB of space.
The “Go to” provider for those who consider security to be their primary concern. It lets you store, sync, and share files while using a “zero knowledge” encryption policy. This puts you in control of the encryption keys that protect your data. It works on Mac OSX 10.6 and above. Slightly more expensive than the other providers mentioned here, plans start at $12 per month, but it is absolutely worth it if you are handling sensitive data or your company needs to be HIPAA compliant. SpiderOak is great for people who like to have maximum control over their data and whilst it is not as fast as Idrive for example, when it comes to speed and performance, it also is far from slow. A solid option for Mac users.