Apple iCloud vs. Azure StorSimple

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apple iCloud
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Apple iCloud is a document management software offering from Apple. It includes features such as access to music, photos, calendars, contacts, and documents, and it is built into every new iOS device.
$0.99
per month
Azure StorSimple
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
StorSimple was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. The StorSimple storage gateway appliance is now a part of Microsoft's Azure StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage solution.
$4.11
Per Day
Pricing
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
Editions & Modules
50GB
$0.99
per month
200GB
$2.99
per month
2TB
$9.99
per month
Virtual Appliance
$4.11
Per Day
Cloud Array
$4.11
Per Day
Physical Appliance
$43.84
Per Day
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
Top Pros
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Features
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud
9.0
74 Ratings
8% above category average
Azure StorSimple
-
Ratings
Versioning8.650 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files9.270 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files9.267 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.963 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control8.461 Ratings00 Ratings
File search9.566 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync9.273 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud
8.6
70 Ratings
1% above category average
Azure StorSimple
-
Ratings
User and role management8.554 Ratings00 Ratings
File organization8.266 Ratings00 Ratings
Device management9.167 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud
9.3
74 Ratings
10% above category average
Azure StorSimple
-
Ratings
Performance9.474 Ratings00 Ratings
Reliability9.574 Ratings00 Ratings
Storage Reports9.158 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(74 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(21 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.5
(40 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apple iCloudAzure StorSimple
Likelihood to Recommend
Apple
iCloud is also great to keep access to photos synced across devices. Ex: I can snap a photo at a job site and have access to that photo on my desktop when I return to my office. I can then drop the photo into a document that is stored in iCloud and have instant access to that document on my iPad at a client's office later in the day. Seamless transitions make life much easier.
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Microsoft
Onsite storage needs and backing up to Azure.
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Pros
Apple
  • Syncing files, appointments, Notes and contacts. If I'm away from home, and set an appointment using my phone, that appointment automatically updates real time to my home laptop and vice-versa.
  • It stores files (e.g photos) nicely
  • Once it's set up, it's fairly easy to use.
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Microsoft
  • Performance via the SSD drives.
  • Writes back to our Private Cloud via Azure.
  • Easy to Admin via Web client interface.
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Cons
Apple
  • Customization - iCloud is great at the stuff it does well. But it lacks features that some competitors (in Google Drive or Dropbox) do really well. API support for third-party apps is really great for some other people.
  • Remote use - Managing or accessing information from iCloud while not on one of your logged-in apple devices can sometimes be an issue. From a work computer for example. It doable, but the experience is much less user-friendly.
  • Ability to edit documents on the cloud similar to google docs or some other competitors
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Microsoft
  • Additional fail-over functionality
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Likelihood to Renew
Apple
It's so seamless that I can't imagine another product doing a better job synchronizing all of my devices. I simply do not think about it at all. Everything happens behind the scenes and I'm confident that Apple keeps my data safe and secure. I'm a happy customer as far as this is concerned. I have not had a bad experience with this service.
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Microsoft
If I wanted to use just onsite storage the StorSimple device is already paid for.
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Usability
Apple
While it may be great to use with other Apple products, I find it's an absolutist-style workflow to be debilitating and to lead to many problems. When you sign into the cloud, it completely takes over your device in many ways that you don't notice at first until there is a problem.
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Microsoft
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Performance
Apple
Occasionally, large files that haven't yet been synced require a few minutes to pull down but I've rarely noticed delays. It does a good job of keeping data cached on my local machines while updating them with changes from other machines transparently.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Apple
Apple customer service is fantastic. iCloud is built with Apple in mind and its design is extremely intuitive and user-friendly. Additionally, whenever our team has encountered issues, the speed of Apple support has been more than timely in addressing our issues and solving our request. We have encountered relatively few issues in my time with the platform and this only improves our overall score for those who keep the platform stable.
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Microsoft
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Alternatives Considered
Apple
Apple does offer an alternative to Office & the Google Docs family but trusting to use it with both internal and external parties is tough. Google is more universal and easier for 3rd parties to collaborate with. Apple works well for a closed internal group that is native to Apple's ecosystem. Google offers more storage space than Apple
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Microsoft
Easy to use and highly compatible with our MSFT Hyper-V environment
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Return on Investment
Apple
  • If I lose track of my credentials or my continuing education documentation, I could end up not being able to renew my certification. This would lead to a major loss in revenue.
  • Time is money and having all of my required documents easily accessible in iCloud saves me time and allows me to work more efficiently.
  • My Apple devices were certainly not cheap purchases. iCloud has allowed me to maximize my productivity through synchronizing my work no matter which device I'm working on.
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Microsoft
  • Great Folks on the MSFT Implementation team
  • Great value on year 2
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