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Score 8.2 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Glacier

We have backed up all of our company's long-term data on Amazon Glacier and we've recently begun experimenting with setting up consultants' workspace on amazon glacier. This will allow us to keep a separation between core employees' work and temporary workers. As we keep expanding we are excited to see other ways we can leverage Glacier.
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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

Amazon Glacier

  • Easy to implement, especially if you're using S3 lifecycle policies.
  • Helps meet compliance requirements, especially when combined with vault lock policies.
  • Very low cost.
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IDrive

  • The offline initial backup is great - if it would work.
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Cons

Amazon Glacier

  • Compared to other cloud storage providers, even Amazon's S3 service, interfacing with Amazon Glacier is complex.
  • While the Snowball device is a boon for transferring data to Amazon Glacier, at the time that I used it, it was a command-line only affair. While the actual commands were simple, the logging and reporting provided by the device made me nervous I hadn't captured all of our data to the device. Once Amazon received it back and transferred from the Snowball to Glacier, it turns out I had transferred everything.
  • Amazon also accepts external hard drives for seeding Glacier backups. However, we've had several that we felt matched all of their requirements, but the seeding failed without a satisfactory explanation from Amazon.
  • If you plan to access/restore data from Amazon Glacier regularly, the cost and complexity become a problem. Truthfully, if you're looking for cloud STORAGE and not cloud ARCHIVE, you should look elsewhere.
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IDrive

  • The operation of their software.
  • Their tech support.
  • Their customer support.
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Usability

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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IDrive

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Glacier

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

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

Amazon Glacier

  • Very good ROI, we can store huge amounts of data for minimal cost
  • Allows our employees globally to access data
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IDrive

  • 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

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