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To date, one of the largest offers of free cloud storage comes from MediaFire, a Shenandoah, Texas-based provider of cloud storage. MediaFire offers up to 50 GB of free cloud storage, although data retention is limited and the free users are subjected to being bombarded by advertisers.
Before its new 100-GB free cloud backup offer, EVault partners had the ability to offer licenses or capacity to customers for demonstration purposes, EVault's Jaworski said.
She admitted that it would be possible for a small business to run its backup infrastructure using the free service. "But only if it were a super-small shop," she said. "We're ready to help them as they grow up."
For the typical small business, EVault charges about 75 cents to 85 cents per GB of backup capacity per month. That includes a number of features not available with the free offer, including bare metal recovery, heterogeneous storage, a full year of backup retention, and the backing up of as many servers as a customer requires, she said.