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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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Google Cloud Storage

If you are already using Google for other things like Gmail or Google Drive, then I highly recommend that you invest in Google Cloud Storage. It is the best to have all of your tools under one account. Plus Google makes very good products so you know you are getting the best by choosing to get the Google Cloud Storage. Also, if you want a peace of mind that your data is safely stored and you do not have to worry about the risk of losing your data, then Google Cloud Storage is a great option for you.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
7.6
Google Cloud Storage
8.4
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.0
Google Cloud Storage
8.4
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.0
Google Cloud Storage
8.4
Audio files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Cloud Storage
8.6
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
6.6
Google Cloud Storage
8.8
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.1
Google Cloud Storage
8.9
File search
Apple iCloud
7.4
Google Cloud Storage
7.7
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.1
Google Cloud Storage
8.2

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.5
Google Cloud Storage
8.3
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.3
Google Cloud Storage
8.9
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.7
Google Cloud Storage
8.0
Device management
Apple iCloud
7.3
Google Cloud Storage
8.1

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.1
Google Cloud Storage
8.9
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.3
Google Cloud Storage
9.0
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.6
Google Cloud Storage
9.2
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.3
Google Cloud Storage
8.5

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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Google Cloud Storage

  • Perhaps the strongest advantage of Google Cloud Storage is that they seem to update files quicker than competing cloud storage providers. The software rarely runs into sharing violations or access issues.
  • Google Cloud Storage has a unified API, which is nice when authorizing others to access data.
  • The software rarely fails and handles large volumes of data well.
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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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Google Cloud Storage

  • Currently can't delete folders which means there are cluttered folders on my cloud.
  • Easier upload options would be nice. The ability to upload and store other file types with an easier interface.
  • Managing files and storage could be improved a little for easier access and editing.
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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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Google Cloud Storage

No score
No answers yet
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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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Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage 8.8
Based on 12 answers
super usable UI for interactive storage workflows (setting ACLs, adding/removing files ad-hoc). Also an excellent set of CLI tools (command-line interfaces) for interacting with GCS via shell scripts, as well as a robust SDK for interacting with GCS via our applications. We leverage all of these to make sure that all of our services that need storage can use GCS.
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Performance

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.3
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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Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage 9.0
Based on 10 answers
For performance i give Google Cloud Storage 10 of 10 on performance because even though there are other softwares that do exactly the same thing as Google Drive, it still works exceptionally well. It is very fast, and and far as integration, the only software I have used with it that integrated was Google Docs, and of course it integrates perfectly.
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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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Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Never needed to use support for this product. Is so simple and well designed that you can start using it right from the documentation. We've never encountered a problem that wasn't solved after reading some docs. In general terms, Google Cloud support is usually good, but again, we don't use it much, documentation and community contributions are abundant and useful.
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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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Google Cloud Storage

We prefer Google Cloud Storage over Amazon Web Services because of the tools and code integration offered by Google Cloud Storage. We found the Google Cloud Storage toolset to be highly usable and give us the fine-grained control we need for managing digital assets. Ultimately, we chose Google Cloud Storage because we found the API and suitability for code integration with our Java codebase to be impeccable and because we had excellent direct support from the Google Cloud Storage team
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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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Google Cloud Storage

  • It has assisted greatly with our ability to share documents/information cross functionally. Especially within our advertising team, we store a large amount of information to assist new hires and refresh current employees.
  • Something that could improve is employees' understanding of how to best utilize Google Cloud Storage. This could improve by implementing a potential training video or tutorial.
  • Overall, Google Storage has been great. I have not used a similar storage product that had the same enterprise level capabilities.
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General

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

Google Cloud Storage

General

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

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