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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon is incredible...a trusted company, so of course we trust their cloud service! It's been such a smooth workflow using their cloud service. We often travel to see clients, and sometimes we may not have the latest version of a presentation because people are rushing and things can get confusing. Now we're never worried because we can always fetch them from the cloud.
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Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon Cloud Drive
7.5
Amazon S3
Versioning
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.7
Amazon S3
Video files
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.8
Amazon S3
Audio files
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.2
Amazon S3
Document collaboration
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.4
Amazon S3
Access control
Amazon Cloud Drive
6.8
Amazon S3
File search
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.9
Amazon S3
Device sync
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.8
Amazon S3

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon Cloud Drive
8.1
Amazon S3
User and role management
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.0
Amazon S3
File organization
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.5
Amazon S3
Device management
Amazon Cloud Drive
7.7
Amazon S3

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon Cloud Drive
8.4
Amazon S3
Performance
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.6
Amazon S3
Reliability
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.6
Amazon S3
Storage Reports
Amazon Cloud Drive
8.0
Amazon S3

Pros

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • Worldwide accessibility, including from China's great firewall.
  • Highly flexible with different server options: Aurora, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Lengthy free trial lets you really dive deeply and explore the solutions offering and all that Amazon has to provide you with.
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Amazon S3

  • S3 provides possibly the most easily scalable cloud storage service on the planet. It feels as though it's been custom build from day 1 with company growth in mind - something any healthy business will surely appreciate.
  • The intricate system of S3 servers across the globe is a great feature for anyone conducting any sort of international business. You get to choose where your data is stored and, as we all know from bounce rates, every millisecond of load time can be the difference between making or losing a sale.
  • Pulling data is another feature we use quite often and it honestly works flawlessly every single time we have to pull anything.
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Cons

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • Speed. At times, does seem to have a throttling affect and can be slower. Especially on the upload side of things.
  • Notifications/alert of issues. Not really quick, or informative.
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Amazon S3

  • There is no true hierarchical filesystem in S3. So for example, if you have a file like /images/pizza/1.png, and you delete 1.png it deletes the entire directory structure. Now many tools will place an empty dummy file at /images/pizza to make it appear as if the structure is there – but if you do these operations via api it can be a bit of a gotchya.
  • The bucket namespace is global, so it can be really hard to get a sensible bucket name. Honestly no idea why they made that global.
  • While you can serve S3 content at your own subdomain, you have to have the proper bucket name to do so and this can get pretty cumbersome. Ideally, there would be a better way to mask S3 buckets at a DNS level.
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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 S3

Amazon S3 8.8
Based on 5 answers
The AWS S3 API is translated into every language you can think of, and is very powerful. However, the split of features into the AWS CLI -> S3 and AWS CLI -> S3API causes some confusion when dealing with complex uploading and metadata.
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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 S3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Cloud Drive

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.9
Based on 10 answers
I have not had much experience with the AWS S3 support team, so I have given this the score that best represents my experience with the typical AWS support team. AWS support is generally pretty good, but can sometimes be a little frustrating due to the mammoth machine that AWS is
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud drive stacks up poorly against the other products with less number of options and features while having costlier plans. I would not substitute any of the other products with Amazon Cloud drive as it still has a long way to go when it comes to better features and pricing.
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Amazon S3

Whether you want to use AWS or not is generally the reason why you would want to use S3. Its feature set and price point are comparable to others (B2/ Drive), but you get the access to AWS. If I had all the time in the world, I would go the B2 route, but the integrations are not as good.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Cloud Drive

  • It's another place to store the documentation, we are using this as safety blanket. Even though it has [not] returned any monetary benefit, it gives us a good night sleep as all our important documents are safe in cloud.
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Amazon S3

  • Security and HIPAA Compliance
  • Speed up business services and applications
  • ROI within a year, considering large scale applications
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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

Amazon S3

General

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

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