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Amazon Glacier

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Google Drive

Google Drive is great for teams on the move, who might now be able to sit down with one another in the same room and look over a document together. It saves versions so that even if you make a mistake, there is always a past version saved for you. Just keep in mind that the larger your team, the more people will be editing the same document, which can get messy if you’re not careful.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.8
Versioning
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.3
Video files
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.2
Audio files
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.6
Document collaboration
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
9.5
Access control
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.7
File search
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.7
Device sync
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
9.3

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.4
User and role management
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.6
File organization
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.1
Device management
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.5

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.9
Performance
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
9.3
Reliability
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
9.1
Storage Reports
Amazon Glacier
Google Drive
8.4

Pros

  • 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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  • Syncs quickly so that remote teams can view the same document (and any new changes) automatically
  • Provides a variety of documents to choose from for your specific needs
  • Is easy to use and effective
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Cons

  • 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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  • Team Sharing: While it's great that you can share your files with your team members, there isn't the concept of a shared drive. I would like a more traditional "file server" like setting where no one owns the specific document. I would like to be able to create, or move, a document into this space and allow my team to access it by default.
  • Natural Search: I might be spoiled, but Google is the one that spoiled me. The search can take some time to get used to. I can't always remember which criteria needs to come first in my search query.
  • VIP Tags or Folders: I have multiple documents shared with me everyday. I would like to be able to add something to a document from specific owners so I don't lose their document in with all of the others.
  • Shared vs. Not Really Shared: You can send someone a link for a document that everyone in your organization has access to. But unless that document is specifically shared with you it's not added to your Shared with me folder. This means that sometimes you have to go back to hunt through your messages to find it.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Google Drive9.0
Based on 4 answers
It's the cheapest, most effective platform we've found to store files in the cloud.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
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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Google Drive9.5
Based on 6 answers
While I might feel like the phone is too small to use to create content, they have done a great job in creating a UI / UX that doesn't prohibit you from creating that content on your phone. On a full blown desktop they have done a great job in creating a suite of office tools that can compete with Microsofts' Office suite. While saying that I do think it's fair to point out that Excel will still knock the socks off of a Google Sheet, due to the fact that it's running in a browser.
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Support

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Google Drive7.6
Based on 5 answers
I give it this rating because I have never had to use Google Drive customer support - which means that I really never run into issues with Google Drive
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Implementation

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Google Drive8.5
Based on 3 answers
It's an extremely easy software to implement, once you sign up for a google account you automatically have access to google drive with a set amount of storage space. The business or Google Suite accounts have more storage space than a regular free account, but setting up and accessing google drive is very easy in both cases
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Alternatives Considered

It is significantly cheaper than other services, however, it is because it actually is a slightly different service. The other services we've tried allow live reading/writing of data as needed, whereas Glacier is a "cold storage" service. So essentially your choice ends up being based on what you plan to do with your data: keep it indefinitely or retrieve and modify it (potentially often and multiple times).
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Dropbox is a great alternative to Google Drive for collaboration and tracking real-time document changes. However, Dropbox only provides 2 GB of free storage space before it starts charging a fee while Google Drive offers 15 GB of free space. Overall Google Drive has all of the storage and collaboration tools I need while allowing me to save on the price.
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Return on Investment

  • Inexpensive storage.
  • Ease of mind to know you still have the data somewhere in case you need it.
  • Set it and forget it (until you need it).
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  • Google Drive has positively impacted sharing efforts among clients.
  • Google Drive has positively impacted sharing efforts among employees.
  • Google Drive has positively impacted easy access to important documents.
  • Google Drive has positively impacted organization of documents.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

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

Google Drive

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