We tested five cloud-based storage services under real world conditions. We set up accounts, connected with the vendor storage network, uploaded and downloaded files, measured performance and analysed cost structures. Our conclusions are that cloud-based storage can save you money. And cloud-based storage can be fast. However, there are still security concerns that you need to be aware of. And since pricing is based on a variety of variables, it may be tricky to determine in advance what your total costs will be.