Cloud computing firm Amazon.ca released a cloud storage service today to compete with a long list of competitors including Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, Box.net, and more.

Previously Cloud Drive was accessible to Canadians via the Amazon.com Web site, but now a localized version of the service is available. The Cloud service syncs a local folder from your computer to the Web, and across other PCs and mobile devices that you connect to the service. Amazon offers Cloud Drive for Windows and Mac to plug-in to the service, and Cloud Drive Photos for Android and iOS to sync photos from mobile devices.

Amazon.ca's Cloud Drive Photos app is available for Android or iOS.
Amazon.ca’s Cloud Drive Photos app is available for Android or iOS.

Users who want more than the standard free 5 GB of storage can pay for more. Plans start at $10 per year for 20 GB of total storage.

In other cloud storage news today, Flickr announced it is now offering 1 terabyte (1,000 GB) to users of its photo-sharing and storage service.

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  • P. Presti

    Localized = Canadian servers which are not vulnerable to the US Patriot Act?

    • gisabun

      May mean localized as in it’s part of Amazon Canada. Doesn’t really specify that the servers themselves are in Canada. Sort of like Microsoft offering localized versions of SkyDrive such as for Spain or Portugal but don’t expect the servers to be there. It’s the interface.

  • FordNQ

    For cloud data storage try the new site ‘Copy’ which is offering 10GB free, for new accounts PLUS as a limited-time promotion, an extra 5GB for each referral you make that joins ‘Copy’.

    Start now with an extra 5GB (that’s 15GB cloud storage right now) by cutting and pasting the link to the ‘Copy’ site below into your web browser:

    https://copy.com?r=2K2CBZ

    You need to install the download and register your email to qualify for the extra 5GB storage today