Free storage for consumers is pretty common in the cloud industry. Companies offer a variety of storage limits that can be utilized free of charge from computers or mobile devices. In fact, China has providers allowing up to a terabyte of storage free of charge.

However, subscribers outside of China rarely use Chinese cloud storage.

China’s Cloud Storage Industry

Yunio and Weiyun are two of the largest cloud services that exist in China. The basis of their solutions are identical to America’s – content can be uploaded and stored off-site in their cloud platform. Desktop and mobile uploading is available as well as file sharing and password protection. So, what sets Chinese cloud storage services apart? 

Chinese companies offer a lot more storage space for free. Dropbox subscribers for example can store 2GB of data free of charge. Yunio users can store 1TB, and Weiyun users up to 10TB. To give you a better idea of the size difference,1 terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes.

Essentially the differentiating factor that sets Chinese cloud storage services apart is the significant amount of free available storage on offer. But is that enough to make users switch providers? It doesn’t look like it. More storage, stored out of the country doesn’t appeal to cloud users globally. And perhaps there are others reasons as well the world isn’t jumping on China’s cloud storage bandwagon.

Chinese cloud storage systems have complicated and poor infrastructures. If they go down, it is much more of a challenge to get them back up and running. Their lack of infrastructure also limits how much can be uploaded at once and or shared. For example, it takes up to 20 minutes to upload only 10MB of data. So imagine how long it takes users to upload a full TB.

Also, Chinese laws are different and more restrictive when it comes to what’s considered acceptable content for storage, which often makes out-of-country users wary. Cloud provider Baidu just got warned by the Chinese government to better screen what they’re storing. Some users don’t want to be told what they can and cannot store on their cloud account.

Security is also an issue. Cloud hacking and breaches in the U.S. have made news in recent months, so users are more skeptical than usual when it comes to online storage. Signing up and agreeing to terms and conditions (written entirely in Chinese) can be very big a risk.


More often than not, increased storage isn’t enough of a reason for consumers to switch from native cloud services to Chinese.

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7 thoughts on “What’s The Deal With Chinese Cloud Storage Services?”

  1. Dear Editor,

    I read that in this article stating China has poor infrastructure. Has the writer been to China before making such statement?

    1. Ive been to china. As a matter of fact Im chinese. China’s overall internet and cloud service isnt very developed. Most cities in china still use the old fashion DSL Internet which is SLOW by the way. The city I live in has only switched away from DSL last year and only 50% of the city has access to cable internet. Well underdeveloped. Lets also not mention both HK and China Web services normally limit port speeds to 10Mbit. Lets just take a look at the US and most EU countries, even Singapore is more developed.

  2. Clearly the author views the world with a stereotyping lenses. China has poor infrastructure? Wake up and go see the world.

    Free storage providers in China are the likes of Baidu and Tencent. They are far larger and technologically advance than Dropbox.

  3. LOL, “it takes up to 20 minutes to upload only 10mb of data”, just want to ask the author, are you sure that you plug in the internet cable?

    I use one of the Chinese cloud service. It performs well so far. Regarding speed, it takes 20+ hours to download 40GB.
    No a deal for us.

  4. Commenting to earlier comments: Well China does have poor infrastructure, and the Internet speeds are also optimal, you can get better speeds using China Telecom 4G connection than my home “fiber” connections.

    However using Dropbox or Box is just not so convenient when inside China, so I end up using both Weiyun and Box. The funny part is that yes you get 1 – 10 TB of storage, but it takes forever to fill it and get stuff out, that most file sharing is done by qq, which is difficult for a SMB

  5. I signed up for Yunio and it says that I have to pay to use it. Where is the “free” storage? It’s 100rmb a month which is pretty expensive compared with the actual “free” storage I have with Dropbox.

  6. Poor speed and creepy content monitoring its quite a turn off for those 10TB. I work for a German company in China and we use German called
    Works super fast both on phone and PC and evrything is encrypted from our side. Not sure how much are they pay, but it works quite well

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