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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive is a fantastic backup solution for storing your digital files on the web, but if you want to manage, tweak, organize or otherwise maintain those files after they have reached the cloud, the experience immediately begins to suffer. This is especially noted when major competitor products like Microsoft and Dropbox offer similar services at similar prices, but offer far better interfaces for file management.
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Amazon Glacier

As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon Cloud Drive
7.5
Amazon Glacier
Versioning
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.7
Amazon Glacier
Video files
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.8
Amazon Glacier
Audio files
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.2
Amazon Glacier
Document collaboration
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.4
Amazon Glacier
Access control
Amazon Cloud Drive
6.8
Amazon Glacier
File search
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.9
Amazon Glacier
Device sync
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.8
Amazon Glacier

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon Cloud Drive
8.1
Amazon Glacier
User and role management
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.0
Amazon Glacier
File organization
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.5
Amazon Glacier
Device management
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.7
Amazon Glacier

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon Cloud Drive
8.4
Amazon Glacier
Performance
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.6
Amazon Glacier
Reliability
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.6
Amazon Glacier
Storage Reports
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.0
Amazon Glacier

Pros

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • Fast synced data across all of your devices – Desktops, Tablets and Phones.
  • Unlimited Cloud Storage space for all of your important media, files and documents from a reputable company.
  • Extremely helpful and friendly technical support staff who goes above and beyond when you need their help – even if the issue was a user's fault.
  • Seamless integration for your digital files. Plays very well with other popular services.
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Amazon Glacier

  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
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Cons

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • They seem to have reduced their tiered payment options to just two, which might be difficult to swallow for first-time users. The gap between payment options jumps from $11.99 per year to $60.00 per year with no middle ground between them. A pay for what you use option (like they offer in their Amazon Web Services tool) would be nice to see.
  • It can feel cumbersome to manage your files once they make it to the cloud. Issues with duplicate files is commonplace and a hassle to find and deal with after a file has already been uploaded. So in fewer words, better post-upload organization options would be lovely.
  • As primarily a desktop user, I'm disappointed by how poor the experience is compared to mobile. The mobile app is speedy and intuitive, but the desktop versions, including both Windows and Mac, can be painfully slow and hard to use.
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Amazon Glacier

  • Enumeration of data takes hours. In order to get data back you'll need to do inventory of the bucket, but that takes a few hours to complete.
  • Data and bucket deletion also requires inventory. Moreover, it is not possible to delete a bucket that has been recently written to - making bucket deletion a lengthy ordeal: first, you perform inventory, then delete your files, but you cannot delete the bucket as you recently deleted files, so you have to wait for another day in order to delete the bucket itself.
  • While data storage is cheap and easy, data retrieval can be expensive as you only get a download quota that is a few percent of your storage.
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Usability

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Because Amazon Cloud Drive is very easy to use.
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Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It is difficult to delete the data as you have to wait for inventory and then bucket modification has to expire.
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Performance

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It is safe but has little added value.
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Amazon Glacier

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Cloud Drive

We use Dropbox and Google Drive. Personally, I like Google Drive slightly better because they're cheaper (you can't beat $1.99). They also offer a business option that feels a little more professional. But functionality wise, they compare really similarly and are both excellent products and highly recommended!
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Amazon Glacier

The other alternatives for us would involve moving objects out of S3 to some other object storage services, which would generate a lot of network traffic, or keep the objects on more expensive storage.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • It's saved us so many times when we need to see the latest version of something. This helps us show and exhibit our best work so our clients feel confident working with us.
  • Everyone has an Amazon account, so its an easy set up. This ensures that everyone has access to the necessary files for presentations.
  • Overall, Amazon has a such a positive reputation and people feel confident using their services- clients included.
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Amazon Glacier

  • Cheap backup storage - up to the level where it becomes only tiny fractions of your entire project, whereas other solutions would be much more expensive.
  • The established reliability of AWS also makes you sleep better at night knowing your data is going to be OK.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Cloud Drive

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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