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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

S3 can be used to store your application logs or objects that need to be frequently accessed. It can also be used in conjunction with AWS Glue for data transformation tasks or to host a static website. The entire Simple Monthly Calculator service of AWS is hosted on S3. S3 would not be recommended for use as a database service or where the change needs to be reflected instantly. Since S3 provides eventual consistency, there is no guarantee that an update made by someone will actually be seen by someone accessing the same object just after. This is in contrast to a database wherein if a change is committed, it will start showing instantly to everyone else.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

This is an economical way to back up less than 1000 GB of data. It can also back-up mapped drives, so you can do the back-up from a personal computer in addition to the server. Restoring tends to be a bit cumbersome, so this should be used as an emergency function, not regularly. Once I tried to add files from the server to another computer but it didn't work because the other computer didn't have the IDrive installed.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Amazon S3
IDrive
4.0
Versioning
Amazon S3
IDrive
4.9
Video files
Amazon S3
IDrive
3.6
Audio files
Amazon S3
IDrive
3.6
Document collaboration
Amazon S3
IDrive
2.5
Access control
Amazon S3
IDrive
4.3
File search
Amazon S3
IDrive
5.3
Device sync
Amazon S3
IDrive
3.5

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Amazon S3
IDrive
4.5
User and role management
Amazon S3
IDrive
2.7
File organization
Amazon S3
IDrive
6.6
Device management
Amazon S3
IDrive
4.2

Cloud Storage Platform

Amazon S3
IDrive
6.2
Performance
Amazon S3
IDrive
6.0
Reliability
Amazon S3
IDrive
7.0
Storage Reports
Amazon S3
IDrive
5.7

Pros

Amazon S3

  • Excellent support of Identity and access management makes sure that your objects are used by the intended audience only.
  • Entire service is accessible through commands and API. It makes integration and orchestration of S3 services really easy and automated.
  • S3 has quite good reliability and durability to make sure all requests are successfully fulfilled and your objects are always safe.
  • This service and UI interface is easy to understand. It takes almost no learning curve to consume this service.
  • The amount of flexibility it provides, I find it really cost-effective.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

  • Offers a cloud and a local backup option from the same app.
  • Fast upload speed.
  • It keeps old files forever, versioning, which helps protect against ransomware.
  • Can backup as a disc image.
  • Can search and restore for lost data. Makes finding lost files way easier than other solutions.
  • You can choose which folders to backup.
Mike Calabro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon S3

  • It's genuinely hard to fault S3 so I'll have to resort to nitpicking but their main interface is quite bland, still super easy to use and navigate, just bland.
  • Contacting their support can be quite cumbersome as every ticket is sent through the always cumbersome Amazon hierarchy of internal bureaucracy (similar to Seller Central) but it's not the worst system in the world by any means.
  • At this point, I'm almost out of critiques - after all, it's what huge digital entertainment companies like Netflix rely on to make a living. That being said, there's always room for improvement and perhaps creating more servers around the world would decrease their minimal send and retrieval times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

  • The used to send your backed up data overnight on a hard drive (if you needed it). Now, they only have an option to download. I love that you can download your data if you need it. That is great, but I would still love the option to ship an actual hard drive because in some cases there is too much data and downloading it all could take days.
  • The UI could use an update/refresh.
  • If you are not tech-savvy it's not super obvious how to set things up. It would be helpful for some it were simplified in some aspects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.8
Based on 5 answers
The AWS S3 API is translated into every language you can think of, and is very powerful. However, the split of features into the AWS CLI -> S3 and AWS CLI -> S3API causes some confusion when dealing with complex uploading and metadata.
Jonathan Kempf, UXC | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.9
Based on 21 answers
Overall, Amazon S3 has worked out great for our organization. It has enabled us to build out a centralized storage solutions for fraction of the cost that a on-prem solution would have required. If properly managed S3 is a great asset to any organization. There a few small things that need improvement like the UI and storage monitoring but over it's been great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

IDrive 5.9
Based on 8 answers
I have not had to use their tech support. I did call once but luckily figured out what to do while I was on hold so I disconnected. If I really needed them it would have been a very long hold time I suppose.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon S3

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.
Justin Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

Backblaze is easier to set up, but it's not the better solution for me. I need to be able to backup to multiple locations. Backblaze didn't offer a way to do backups to an external HD. Backblaze didn't offer versioning when I picked iDrive. Backblaze wasn't able to throttle upload and download speeds which would slow things down when I have to deliver files to clients online.
Mike Calabro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon S3

  • S3 is such a great way to store things, it's a little hard to measure all the benefits against the other options (Dropbox, hard drives in laptops etc), but it gives a simple place to store pretty much anything.
  • We did replace a traditional LEMP-stack website service with static website hosting in S3 + javascript. This vastly reduced our running costs as we turned all the websites EC2 instances and Load Balancers off. It also meant we didn't have to look after or maintain autoscaling strategies anymore because S3 handles the scaling for us.
Andrew Raines | TrustRadius Reviewer

IDrive

  • iDrive has saved us money as their pricing structure is fair and they allow multiple devices to be backed up under the same account - where others do not.
  • iDrive has saved us time as we no longer have to manually back up and sync files on our computers to external drives.
  • iDrive has lessened the burden of stress. We no longer worry that we may lose critical data that can no longer be recovered.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General

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

Amazon S3 Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

IDrive

General

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

IDrive Editions & Modules

Edition
Personal$52.121
Business$74.651
  1. Per Year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3
9.2
IDrive
5.7

Usability

Amazon S3
8.8
IDrive

Support Rating

Amazon S3
8.9
IDrive
5.9

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