There are a lot of options if you want to store your files online (in the cloud) for free (free as in money not necessarily freedom). I’ve put together a list of the services I’m aware of and have used myself but this list will not be exhaustive. You can use these services as an off-site backup or for an easy way to share your files with family and friends.
Some of these services such as Google Drive and Zoho are online office suites which enable you to actually create and edit documents in your web browser. Also some services such as Flickr and YouTube will only store certain file types, for example Flickr will only store photos and YouTube only videos.
I have an updated article regarding ownCloud – ownCloud 9
05/08/2014 – I’ve just upgraded to version 7.0.1
Access, sync and share your data on across all of your devices. This is a great piece of open source software. I’m currently running ownCloud 7 on my own server. I can upload documents, video, photos and music and then get access to it anywhere. I can also upload my contacts, website bookmarks, calendar appointments and task lists. Because it’s running on my own server and the software is free (as in freedom ) I don’t have any privacy concerns.
Getting a Virtual Private Server (VPS) seems to be very popular. They are actually fun to play around with. I’m currently using two Amazon Web Services EC2 instances but there are heaps of options out there.
Here are some links to VPS offerings which I have investigated: