Amazon Drive (discontinued) vs. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
Score 5.7 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Drive allows users to aggregate all of their digital content, including photos and videos, in one place. The Cloud Drive is build in to Amazon devices. Users have secure access from any computer, or via their free mobile apps. Amazon Drive offers a free 3-month trial, and pricing packages based on what type of storage users seek. For $11.99/yr, users can store unlimited photos plus 5GB of videos and other files. For $59.99/yr, users can upgrade to unlimited everything (photos, videos,…
$1.99
per month
Amazon S3
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Amazon S3 is a cloud-based object storage service from Amazon Web Services. It's key features are storage management and monitoring, access management and security, data querying, and data transfer.N/A
Pricing
Amazon Drive (discontinued)Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
Editions & Modules
100 GB
$1.99
per month
1 TB
$6.99
per month
2 TB
$11.99
per month
3 TB
$179.97
per year
4 TB
$239.96
per year
5 TB
$299.95
per year
6 TB
$359.94
per year
7 TB
$419.93
per year
8 TB
$479.92
per year
9 TB
$539.91
per year
10 TB
$599.90
per year
20 TB
1,199.80
per year
30 TB
1,799.70
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon Drive (discontinued)Amazon S3
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
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File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
8.4
24 Ratings
1% below category average
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
-
Ratings
Versioning9.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files7.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration9.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
File search8.919 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync8.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
8.3
22 Ratings
5% below category average
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
-
Ratings
User and role management8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
File organization9.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Device management8.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
8.7
24 Ratings
1% above category average
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
-
Ratings
Performance9.024 Ratings00 Ratings
Reliability8.023 Ratings00 Ratings
Storage Reports9.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
9.6
5 Ratings
11% above category average
Universal recovery00 Ratings9.84 Ratings
Instant recovery00 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Recovery verification00 Ratings9.73 Ratings
Business application protection00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations00 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Incremental backup identification00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Backup to the cloud00 Ratings9.65 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Snapshots00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Flexible deployment00 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Management dashboard00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Platform support00 Ratings9.65 Ratings
Retention options00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Encryption00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Enterprise Backup
Comparison of Enterprise Backup features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Drive (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
9.1
5 Ratings
10% above category average
Continuous data protection00 Ratings9.85 Ratings
Replication00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Operational reporting and analytics00 Ratings8.85 Ratings
Malware protection00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Multi-location capabilities00 Ratings9.85 Ratings
Ransomware Recovery00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
Score 9.7 out of 10
Bacula Enterprise
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Score 9.8 out of 10
Enterprises
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Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
Score 9.7 out of 10
Bacula Enterprise
Bacula Enterprise
Score 9.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon Drive (discontinued)Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(24 ratings)
9.8
(71 ratings)
Usability
6.0
(3 ratings)
8.1
(10 ratings)
Performance
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(3 ratings)
9.8
(21 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon Drive (discontinued)Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
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 AWS
Amazon S3 is a great service to safely backup your data where redundancy is guaranteed and the cost is fair. We use Amazon S3 for data that we backup and hope we never need to access but in the case of a catastrophic or even small slip of the finger with the delete command we know our data and our client's data is safely backed up by Amazon S3. Transferring data into Amazon S3 is free but transferring data out has an associated, albeit low, cost per GB. This needs to be kept in mind if you plan on transferring out a lot of data frequently. There may be other cost effective options although Amazon S3 prices are really low per GB. Transferring 150TB would cost approximately $50 per month.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • Amazon Drive automatically detects photos and videos in specific folders (that you choose). It will add them to Drive without any action from me.
  • There is a desktop app where you can access all of your files (in addition to web-based access).
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Amazon AWS
  • Fantastic developer API, including AWS command line and library utilities.
  • Strong integration with the AWS ecosystem, especially with regards to access permissions.
  • It's astoundingly stable- you can trust it'll stay online and available for anywhere in the world.
  • Its static website hosting feature is a hidden gem-- it provides perhaps the cheapest, most stable, most high-performing static web hosting available in PaaS.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Less storage than Google Drive, Google offers 15GB of free space - vs. Amazon's 5GB.
  • Also, unlike with Google Drive, you can't back up your work with Amazon Drive ( I also use Google Drive, since I have a Gmail account).
  • A lot more expensive than Google Drive, which is 1.99/month...but they are more in line with Dropbox pricing.
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Amazon AWS
  • Web console can be very confusing and challenging to use, especially for new users
  • Bucket policies are very flexible, but the composability of the security rules can be very confusing to get right, often leading to security rules in use on buckets other than what you believe they are
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Usability
Amazon AWS
The system is very easy to use and it's use of apps for almost all devices and hardware makes it even easier to manage and store photos and documents. I highly recommend this as an easy to use solution for novices!
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Amazon AWS
It is tricky to get it all set up correctly with policies and getting the IAM settings right. There is also a lot of lifecycle config you can do in terms of moving data to cold/glacier storage. It is also not to be confused with being a OneDrive or SharePoint replacement, they each have their own place in our environment, and S3 is used more by the IT team and accessed by our PHP applications. It is not necessarily used by an average everyday user for storing their pictures or documents, etc.
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Performance
Amazon AWS
It is safe but has little added value.
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Amazon AWS
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
Overall great software to use for file share, storage, and collaboration. Its security is great and the user management is spot on. The only thing that makes me dock it a point is that the device management as a subset of user management is kind of clunky. It hasn't been an issue yet, but it could compromise security in the future. Overall, would recommend
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Amazon AWS
AWS has always been quick to resolve any support ticket raised. S3 is no exception. We have only ever used it once to get a clarification regarding the costs involved when data is transferred between S3 and other AWS services or the public internet. We got a response from AWS support team within a day.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
Amazon Drive Cloud has the advantage of being backed by one of the companies that has had the highest growth in recent years: Amazon. That gives us security and has been the main reason for us to trust this product. We believe that the security systems of this company are good enough to be quiet while our files are stored on their servers
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Amazon AWS
Overall, we found that Amazon S3 provided a lot of backend features Google Cloud Storage (GCS) simply couldn't compare to. GCS was way more expensive and really did not live up to it. In terms of setup, Google Cloud Storage may have Amazon S3 beat, however, as it is more of a pseudo advanced version of Google Drive, that was not a hard feat for it to achieve. Overall, evaluating GCS, in comparison to S3, was an utter disappointment.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • It slowed us down at first since we went from purely agile to document based then agile.
  • It is easy to use so even non-developers can access code snippets which they wouldn't know how to access on github.
  • It has a lot of features we don't have a use for in our business.
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Amazon AWS
  • It practically eliminated some real heavy storage servers from our premises and reduced maintenance cost.
  • The excellent durability and reliability make sure the return of money you invested in.
  • If the objects which are not active or stale, one needs to remove them. Those objects keep adding cost to each billing cycle. If you are handling a really big infrastructure, sometimes this creates quite a huge bill for preserving un-necessary objects/documents.
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