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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

If you own devices on a multi-platform of Windows and Mac, iCloud is a great storage option. First, you do get some free storage when you own an Apple device. Second, if you own an Apple mobile device, you can place whatever file folders you desire under the iCloud folder and have mobile access. I have never owned anything but an Apple iPhone so I wouldn't know about access for Android.
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Backblaze

Backblaze is well suited to individuals who have a relatively large volume/size of critical files, so that they exceed the file size limits of the "free" or "freemium" backup solutions (such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive and MEGASync). I think it is also well suited to individuals who are relatively "forgetful" and would not drag and drop (or save) their files to the applicable back-up folder. For a long time, I was skeptical about the structure of backing up my whole hard drive -- there are lots of system files or program files that I don't actually need backed-up. But now I have a little bit of a piece of mind that, even if there is important data saved deep in the crevices of Windows, that it has been backed-up should I ever need to recover it.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
7.8
Backblaze
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.4
Backblaze
Video files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
Audio files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
7.2
Backblaze
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.5
Backblaze
File search
Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.0
Backblaze

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.7
Backblaze
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
Device management
Apple iCloud
8.1
Backblaze

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.3
Backblaze
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.4
Backblaze
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.8
Backblaze
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.7
Backblaze

Pros

Apple iCloud

  • Efficiency. Apple iCloud can be set up to automatically place your files for mobile access. I have needed to access a file from my office computer countless times and iCloud has made that possible.
  • Security. I know security is always an issue and I have never felt that any of my files have been compromised. I believe Apple has a reputation to uphold and works hard to maintain secure cloud-based storage.
  • Multi-platform. I use Apple iCloud on my devices, my personal Mac computer and my Windows based office computer. I love how I can save or retrieve a personal or work file at any time on any of my devices.
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Backblaze

  • Regular updates: I like that it sends me e-mails confirming everything has been backed up.
  • Simple: it just seems to work in the background really well.
  • Comprehensive: I have been converted to the Backblaze approach of just backing up the entire hard drive.
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Cons

Apple iCloud

  • Difficult to set up the first time
  • Does not remember browser settings within google chrome (many websites function best with google chrome)
  • Works better on mobile
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Backblaze

  • File sharing: I know they have a Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage option where users can upload some files to the cloud, but it is not as user-friendly as some other options (which is fine -- you don't need to compete with every product).
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 9.4
Based on 3 answers
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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Backblaze

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.7
Based on 18 answers
It does what it does behind the scenes. Whenever you do use the interface online, its functions are very simple to use
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Backblaze

Backblaze 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As stated in my review, Backblaze simply works and works simply. You install it. It runs silently in the background storing and safeguarding all your computer data remotely. You seldom notice it until you've lost something you need - then you can quickly find it online using their interface and restore it - which is what's really important.
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Performance

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.3
Based on 12 answers
We are very pleased with the iCloud performance within our Apple ecosystem. It is sometimes a little slow depending on your internet bandwidth but, overall, it has been doing a great job.
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Backblaze

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Apple support is quick to respond and know their product well. They will follow up with you to make sure your issue has been resolved and case can be closed.
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Backblaze

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Apple iCloud

NCommand was awful. It didn't work well for us, things went missing and tended to be clunky. iCloud has been great with a cleaner interface, more options to collaborate on a document within a single URL, and just being all around simpler. iCloud also hasn't gone down and been inaccessible as often as NCommand would.
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Backblaze

So there are two ways in which Backblaze stacks up well against its competition.
  • For a while I backed-up files at my home office using a combination of free or "freemium" services, depending on the relative storage limits. These limits are typically less than 100 gigabytes. When I started looking at the cost of paying a monthly subscription fee to one of those services, Backblaze started to be much more cost-effective, with no limits on file size storage.
  • While I was originally skeptical of backing up my whole system, it turns out this is a better model than just dragging and dropping files to a specific folder that gets uploaded to the cloud. I guess I was originally worried that backing up my whole hard drive would be a giant drag on computing resource (slowing my computer down), but that has not been the case with Backblaze.
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Return on Investment

Apple iCloud

  • Built into Apple devices. It's one less expense to worry about.
  • Apple devices are more expensive, but ease of use and features such as iCloud are huge value adds.
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Backblaze

  • Reduced down time of employees with computer problems. People have been able to quickly get back to work on a new device.
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General

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

Backblaze

General

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

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