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Amazon S3

S3 is very cheap and is easy to set up if you are already on AWS. It integrates with virtually every AWS service and has very good documentation in terms of setting it up, implementing distributed web applications, and operationally keeping your costs low. If you have data that has complex business logic and workflows, S3 is able to support various requirements with lifecycle policies. S3 also has different storage tiers that are priced at different rates to enable business continuity and allow mission critical applications the SLA's they demand while pushing non-mission critical applications to lower tiers.S3 may not be suitable if you are on another cloud platform like GCE or Azure. In that case, it might be better to use their distributed file system. However, S3 has an open API and is able to work in a hybrid-cloud environment if need be.
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Egnyte

In a world where Dropbox is king, Egnyte is the hidden gem that I honestly feel works better and has more functionality built in, for a similar (if not cheaper) price point. Any business office that has a traditional server holding eons of files could benefit from Egnyte and their cloud operations, eliminating the need for the hardware. It's great for collaboration between offices and colleagues, and the quick sync feature upon save means that everyone has the latest version of documents at any given time
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.9
Versioning
Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.3
Video files
Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.9
Audio files
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.2
Document collaboration
Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.6
Access control
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.7
File search
Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.8
Device sync
Amazon S3
Egnyte
7.9

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.3
User and role management
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.2
File organization
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.6
Device management
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.3

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.6
Performance
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.7
Reliability
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.8
Storage Reports
Amazon S3
Egnyte
8.2

Pros

  • S3 is available in various regions around the world.
  • You can host a website on S3 and use AWS optimized routing for very fast page loads.
  • S3 is versioned, so you can restore a backup.
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  • Sharing files safely and securely with people at different facilities. It allows for ease of communication without having to limit security potential to do so.
  • Fast updating - within seconds I can drop a file in to a shared Egnyte folder and it be readily available on someone else's computer in the office. This is great for conference calls, it allows all parties to quickly access and review the same material.
  • Salesforce integration - it has been phenomenal seeing how seamlessly Egnyte and Salesforce integrate. To allow these tow systems to ebb and flow so well together saves countless hours of work in our everyday.
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Cons

  • While S3 has a huge list of available services, the services themselves tend to be lacking, such as the web server capability being able to only host static HTML content.
  • The additional capabilities have gotten a bit "out of hand" in terms of the amount of services available, which seemingly follow no particular grouping, which can make venturing beyond basic S3 storage services a daunting, and confusing endeavor.
  • Not having any storage "packages" for serving data is a big negative, as we would feel more comfortable with a set package, and a known monthly cost, rather than a fluctuating service billed by time x data.
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  • Customer service is clunky and difficult to actually get help for existing users - sales team is great though
  • Occasional crashes and compatibility issues
  • Does not support Linux
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Egnyte meets every one of our file-hosting needs, and has an easier overall usability than any other program I've used - There's no question about it
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Alternatives Considered

S3 is still being used within our org but we have dialed it back heavily due to the inexpensive competing product CloudFlare offers. CloudFlare is basically free for the same functionality and the company has matured to the point where it is reliable and scalable, plus CDN distribution is their bread and butter on top of that. If we were starting over today I'd start with CloudFlare.
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Egnyte has significantly more structure out of the box than Google Drive or Dropbox. While Google Drive is much cheaper, and Dropbox has more potential in the right hands; Egnyte just works immediately in an enterprise situation. There are other enterprise level solutions, like Box, that serve a similar goal, but Egnyte was the one we found to be the easiest to use.
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Return on Investment

  • S3 has definitely simplified our work, and the amount of work required of us when deploying with AWS, by letting all important and irreplaceable data to be stored in one location and utilized by multiple services.
  • The Snapshot service has turned data migration and maintenance from a stressful, time-consuming service similar to disarming a bomb, into a quick and carefree service, letting us roll back to a working version of data with a simple click of the mouse, and reverse human errors quickly, before any damages are accrued.
  • The caching and CDN capabilities provided by integrating S3 with CloudFront is another, invaluable service that gives our server clusters another head up on the competition in terms of speed and access.
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  • Decreased overall operating costs
  • Improved user agility
  • Increased control and change management
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

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

Egnyte

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