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Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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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 S3
IDrive
7.0
Versioning
Amazon S3
IDrive
5.0
Video files
Amazon S3
IDrive
7.0
Audio files
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0
Access control
Amazon S3
IDrive
6.0
File search
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0
Device sync
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon S3
IDrive
7.3
User and role management
Amazon S3
IDrive
5.0
File organization
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0
Device management
Amazon S3
IDrive
9.0

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon S3
IDrive
8.3
Performance
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0
Reliability
Amazon S3
IDrive
8.0
Storage Reports
Amazon S3
IDrive
9.0

Pros

  • Storage! You can store as much as you like in whatever format and structure you like.
  • Pay as you go - you only pay for what you use, so your storage costs scale up and down with your storage and access patterns. No more having to provision space ahead of time or having wasted space floating around. It's also fairly inexpensive.
  • Static website hosting - really simple and easy to get going with, but surprisingly powerful. You can do everything from simple static websites to full Single Page Applications (assuming its all Javascript).
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  • The offline initial backup is great - if it would work.
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Cons

  • Can be a bit complex to set up with Cloud Front for CDN Performance.
  • Files names and conventions with how it integrates with Wordpress make it hard to find original files specifically since they are renamed.
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  • The operation of their software.
  • Their tech support.
  • Their customer support.
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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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IDrive is less expensive and offers a wider array of services.
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Return on Investment

  • The storage costs are extremely low compared to storage provided by cloud backup vendors, most of which are just reselling Amazon S3.
  • This has allowed us to be more competitive in the corporate backup market.
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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 S3

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

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