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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

It is great if you are a die-hard Apple user. It integrates virtually every aspect of Apple products among different devices, making it super easy to share things. It fails pretty hard when tasked with other product types (such as Microsoft), and I have found it rather difficult to manage since it seems to take over so forcefully.
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

I actually recommend this service to all my students and colleagues. It's got more storage space for free than any provider I've found (and for students and teachers, this is a BIG deal). It's wonderful if you want to upload video, too, because where Dropbox and other providers severely limit file upload sizes, Copy is much more generous. Also, since Copy is cloud-based, you don't even need your own computer to use it necessarily since you can access it online. I can't really think of a situation where it would be less appropriate unless you wanted to store classified documents (in which case I'd wonder why you're uploading them to a cloud-based server in the first place).
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
7.5
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Versioning
Apple iCloud
6.9
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Video files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Audio files
Apple iCloud
7.8
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
6.6
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.0
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
File search
Apple iCloud
7.3
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.1
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.4
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.3
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.7
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Device management
Apple iCloud
7.3
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.1
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.3
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.6
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.3
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Pros

Apple iCloud

  • Apple iCloud integrates beautifully with the entire Apple ecosystem. Whether you are using a MacBook, iPhone, and/or iPad they will all sync at a moments notice through iCloud.
  • As a company, Apple has a strong reputation for security. Many cloud storage providers share huge amounts of user data, however, Apple prides themselves on avoiding that.
  • Even though Apple iCloud is optimized for Apple devices, data stored on the cloud can be accessed through a web browser on a computer running essentially any operating system.
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

  • Copy is similar to Dropbox, in that you have a folder on your computer where you store the files you want to be able to access and sync via Copy's online service. It's very reliable about making sure files are synced across machines.
  • You can create "shortcuts" to files on your main computer in order to access them from other locations without it impacting the amount of space you're using on your account. It seems to work almost like a VPN (but not quite).
  • You can share folders and files with others, allowing various privileges and rights. This process is incredibly easy. It also sends your affiliate link in case the people you are sharing with want to sign up (bonus space!).
  • Copy is attractive and simple to use. It's not complicated, and their support site is clear and monitored.
  • Copy is great if you regularly need to upload or share video files. It allows a larger upload size than Dropbox which means that those videos you shoot on your smart phone can be uploaded and shared more easily.
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Cons

Apple iCloud

  • You will constantly run into issues where iCloud is optimized or available only for Apple's own product line. That's frustrating.
  • Apple's Mail app and service are just beleaguered by the likes of Gmail. Perhaps even Zoho does better than them on the web.
  • iCloud seems optimized more for a mobile user, so desktop apps & services feel a bit force-fitted.
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

  • One thing Copy doesn't do is allow you to sync any folder on your hard drive (like Sugar Sync does). You have to save the file in the designated Copy folder. However, Dropbox and most other popular cloud storage services don't allow this either, so although this is a negative, it's so common that it's hardly a major drawback.
  • EDIT: You can work around this by creating shortcuts in your Copy folder that point to the folder in its original location on your hard drive.
  • There are a few areas of support (instructions, primarily, in regards to file shortcuts) that are a little vague (although at the time of this writing they may have been clarified and detail added).
  • Copy isn't as well known as other cloud service providers, so your friends may need to be caught up on its awesomeness. This also means that it isn't as well integrated into apps and programs. I'm hoping time will change this as the service grows.
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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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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Barracuda Copy (Discontinued) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's by far the most reasonably priced storage solution. Microsoft OneDrive has great pricing, but most would agree that this service isn't quite as easy to use as some of the others (I do actually use it, but not for sharing or collaborating). Also, Copy's less stringent file limitations makes it a step above every other service I've tried. And, it's super easy to explain to others how it works and how to use it.
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Usability

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.4
Based on 20 answers
Apple iCloud overall performs well for me. Obviously, it is more suited for the pure Apple/Mac environment (as I believe OneDrive is for the pure Windows environment). However, it has worked well for me as I added Windows-based systems to my business. Since I initially had only Apple/Mac devices and computers I give Apple a high-five for making the service available to Windows-based and multi-based environments so that I didn't have to migrate my files.
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Barracuda Copy (Discontinued) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Copy is so easy to use, it's beautiful, and it just works well. Although finding my referral link could be easier, I'm constantly recommending it to others. I love that there are no restrictions on the size of file uploads, making it my favorite place to upload video files that are shot on my phone. I like that I can share files if I want. It's a great service, and I don't think anyone beats the amount of free space you start with.
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Performance

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.2
Based on 12 answers
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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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

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No answers yet
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Support

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 6.6
Based on 3 answers
Apple gives pretty miserable support unless you pay a lot to have the support packages. Usually, it is more helpful to do a Google search of the issue, but at that point, it isn't product support, it's just me doing the job myself. Other programs seem to have much better, and free, support.
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

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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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Although Dropbox, SugarSync, and Google Drive are all excellent services (and I still use one or two of them depending on the circumstance - required by business, collaborative document creation, etc.), Copy is probably my favorite. The closest second is SugarSync. What keeps me coming back to Copy (after a long, happy stay with SugarSync) is the pricing and the amount of space you are given for the amount paid (that and my business started blocking SugarSync and Dropbox).Copy has a clean interface, has an equal (or better) user interface and functionality, makes sharing a breeze, and offers a ton of storage for a very reasonable price. And, since I've installed it, I've had zero problems with it getting out of sync or losing files. I'm in love!
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Return on Investment

Apple iCloud

  • Awesome for when I get a new device and just want to set it up like I had it before
  • Great for keeping data synced between all devices
  • Forces me to stay in the Apple ecosystem and use their apps even if there are better alternatives
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Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

  • +easier file sharing with my colleagues and students (less stress, more efficient than using flash drives).
  • +easy access to files I use regularly, whether on my home computer, my phone, or at work, meaning increased productivity.
  • +fast syncing (and selective syncing) means that I can choose which files to sync to each location, leading to optimized storage management on my hard drives.
  • +since it's super easy to get lots of free space, the ROI is awesome. Plus, because you start with more free space than other options, you're already one step ahead.
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General

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

Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud
7.8
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud
9.4
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
10.0

Usability

Apple iCloud
8.4
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)
10.0

Performance

Apple iCloud
8.2
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

Support

Apple iCloud
6.6
Barracuda Copy (Discontinued)

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