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Amazon S3

146 Ratings

IDrive

4 Ratings

Amazon S3

146 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 101

IDrive

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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

A good one stop shop for syncing and backup needs. (Can replace Dropbox sync plus cloud storage backup from another service.) Not good in a high-security work environment (e.g. banking). Not the fastest sync service available, but one of the cheapest.
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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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  • Syncing across multiple devices (a-la-Dropbox)
  • Backing up information (cloud backup)
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Cons

  • There is no true hierarchical filesystem in S3. So for example, if you have a file like /images/pizza/1.png, and you delete 1.png it deletes the entire directory structure. Now many tools will place an empty dummy file at /images/pizza to make it appear as if the structure is there – but if you do these operations via api it can be a bit of a gotchya.
  • The bucket namespace is global, so it can be really hard to get a sensible bucket name. Honestly no idea why they made that global.
  • While you can serve S3 content at your own subdomain, you have to have the proper bucket name to do so and this can get pretty cumbersome. Ideally, there would be a better way to mask S3 buckets at a DNS level.
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  • Could be faster on sync time
  • Occasionally needs deleting and re-installing
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Alternatives Considered

There are alternatives, Google Cloud Storage and Azure storage are the only real rivals, in my opinion, although most hosting vendors have their own flavor of an S3 like utility. However, most of those are actually just sub-vendors of S3. The most compelling case for using something else over Amazon is that S3 is a pretty significant point of failure in the general internet network as a whole. On the other hand, using Google Cloud Storage or Azure feels a little bit like using a windows phone in 2015 – you just knew it didn't have a great future.
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IDrive is less expensive and offers a wider array of services.
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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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  • Increased productivity on remote work
  • Reduced downtime when experiencing computer issues
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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