"Google of Russia" search engine Yandex is expanding the cloud storage options for users of its Yandex.Disk storage service. Yandex.Disk offers 20 GB of storage for free, but now users can add on 10 GB, 100GB, and 1 TB packages for an extra fee.
Each package is cheaper is you commit to a whole year. The 10 GB addition costs $1 per month or $10 for the whole year. The 100GB add-on will run you $5 per month or $50 for the year. The 1 TB package will cost you $30 per month or $300 for the entire year.
Yandex first launched Yandex.Disk back in April of 2012, and at that time is was invitation and Russian only. By September, the company had opened the cloud storage service up to everyone. The launch of Yandex.Disk was notable for another reason - the fact that the Russian search giant actually beat Google to the punch. It wasn't for a couple of months after Yandex unveiled Disk that Google Drive launched.
As far as prices go, Yandex's add-ons mesh with what Google Drive offers - except Yandex is cheaper when you start talking about 1 TB of storage. It's also cheaper than Dropbox at that tier.
“Yandex.Disk now has about 12 million users worldwide,” said Natalya Khaitina, head of cloud services at Yandex. “For those of them who need a cloud storage space above 20 GB available for free, we have developed flexible terms for buying more storage space at affordable prices.”
If you opt for the pay-per-moth route, and let's say you miss a month, your stored files don't disappear or become inaccessible or anything. You can still access everything - you just can't add any more to the cloud locker, obviously.
Yandex.Disk is currently available in 4 languages - English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Turkish. Yandex.Disk offer apps for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
In other Yandex news, co-founder Ilya Segalovich passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer.