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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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IDrive

Until they get themselves together, I can't think of a scenario where their service is well suited. But, since that's too short of a response, I'll just have to say that their product isn't well designed. It starts a backup as soon as it is installed without any schedule set. I spent a day talking to my ISP and computer tech trying to figure out why my internet was messed up. Finally, I looked at their software and discovered it was backing up all by itself.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon Glacier
IDrive
7.0
Versioning
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
5.0
Video files
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
7.0
Audio files
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0
Access control
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
6.0
File search
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0
Device sync
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon Glacier
IDrive
7.3
User and role management
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
5.0
File organization
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0
Device management
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
9.0

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.3
Performance
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0
Reliability
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
8.0
Storage Reports
Amazon Glacier
IDrive
9.0

Pros

  • Globally accessible
  • Inexpensive for the amount of data you can store compared to cost
  • The name Amazon provides a lot of peace of mind
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  • The offline initial backup is great - if it would work.
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Cons

  • Billing system isn't the smoothest to operate
  • Recalling information from glacier can run slow depending on type of data
  • Customer support
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  • The operation of their software.
  • Their tech support.
  • Their customer support.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
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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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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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IDrive is less expensive and offers a wider array of services.
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Return on Investment

  • Very good ROI, we can store huge amounts of data for minimal cost
  • Allows our employees globally to access data
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  • Using iDrive has taken too much of my time, having a negative impact on revenue.
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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

IDrive

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