Many cloud photo storage options are available. Apple's iCloud is a popular choice for Apple users, whereas OneDrive is Microsoft's own cloud solution for Windows users. Dropbox offers a general purpose cloud storage service for all files and photos, Flickr is designed with photographers in mind, and Amazon Prime Photos is recommended for existing Amazon Prime members. The most appropriate choice depends on factors such as individual budget requirements, services already used and personal preference.
When choosing a cloud photo storage service, it is important to consider factors such as the cost of the service and the storage limits. Most cloud services charge a monthly or annual subscription fee or impose a small storage or usage limit which can be raised by paying a fee. Professional photographers can easily exceed the free storage limits of most cloud photo services, particularly when high-quality photographs are stored in the cloud.
An alternative solution to the personal cloud photo storage question is through use of online network-attached storage (NAS) devices. NAS devices are servers that an owner or authorized user can access to upload or download files, such as photos. Companies such as Western Digital manufacture and sell NAS devices. NAS device manufacturers often provide companion software that enable users to access and upload files and photos from their phones, personal computers and other online-enabled devices.