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Score 8.5 out of 100

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud works extremely well for individuals that are subscribed to the Apple ecosystem of products. The ability to seamlessly sync across devices with one account has helped me prepare, access, and share important documents quickly and effectively across platforms. Additionally, Apple's cloud infrastructure is quite robust and I have rarely encountered issues with reliability over the five years+ of using the service.
Joshua Melder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

Linode is a self-managed platform, you get a VPS that you control, and you need to know what you're getting into. If you're comfortable as a system administrator then Linode is fantastic, but if you want a ready-to-go web host, Linode isn't your thing. But having true root access including the ability to deploy your own filesystem is amazing, and you aren't limited to what their backend tools want to offer.I did have issues with jitter when trying to run our VoIP platform on Linode, but admittedly my office's internet provider is not well connected to where Linode's servers are located. We had similar issues [with] other VPS providers until we went to a VoIP-specific provider.I wish they offered Windows Servers too, but I'm a minority there.
Dave Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
8.0
Linode
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.5
Linode
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.4
Linode
Audio files
Apple iCloud
8.3
Linode
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
7.3
Linode
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.6
Linode
File search
Apple iCloud
7.8
Linode
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.2
Linode

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.4
Linode
User and role management
Apple iCloud
6.7
Linode
File organization
Apple iCloud
8.0
Linode
Device management
Apple iCloud
7.6
Linode

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.2
Linode
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.4
Linode
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.9
Linode
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.3
Linode

Pros

Apple iCloud

  • Speed - As soon as the transfer is complete you immediately have all the information backed up to access on any computer that you desire to log into. Transferring information from your phone to this service is seamless and easy to understand.
  • Reliability - I have used iCloud ever since I've had an iPhone (over 5 years) and I never once have lost a file or document due to Apple's failure.
Gavin Scott-Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

  • The documentation to get you started is very good. Detailed enough to get you off the ground and not too bulky to bog you down.
  • Pricing and Billing very clear and fair.
  • The Linode platform is not complicated. You are just shown what you need to see at any point in time.
Albert Mensah-Ansah | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

  • SSH keys feature under 'My Profile' hasn't reached its potential, e.g. if you want to add more than one user to a machine during deployment.
  • A review of currently available support docs and updating them for the latest (stable) distros would be good.
Justin Ponce | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 3 answers
I've been with them a long time. They provide me with the capabilities I need coupled with knowledgeable support that's not pay-for-extra.However, if I move to a non-Linux OS, the level of support by necessity will drop off. I can still ask questions about the infrastructure but I my ability to ask about OS features will decrease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 7.8
Based on 20 answers
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.
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

Linode 8.7
Based on 5 answers
Linode is perfect for what it offers: The UI is a great start. Managing DNS is straightforward. The API is simple and well documented. Everything just works. The performance of the VMs is good and global coverage is more than sufficient for me. Private Layer 2 networking is the only feature I miss which would be really adding value.
Harald Kubota | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apple iCloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
There is very little planned downtime. Whenever planned downtime is necessary I'm always given lots of advanced notice and an explanation that I can pass along to my users that they'll understand. I really appreciate that Linode appreciates my commitment to reliable service to my users. It shows that they believe they've been successful when I'm successful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.2
Based on 13 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.
Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Linode is an infrastructure provider issues related to performance are really on me. Linode provides a capable infrastructure and allows me to tailor performance of the services I provide to my customers to my specific situation. Linode allows me to implement "tweaks" that, from experience, I know will do the job with little risk without a whole bunch of static from idiot support 'droids who just get in the way ("this isn't supported at the present time").
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 7.5
Based on 36 answers
I never used Apple iCloud support, but have never needed to do so. It has become more of a personal issue with computers in my organization, where the business solution has been with Dropbox. I do have to admit when my Mac went down, having things on Apple iCloud did help to get things restored. However, since I had more than one photo file for my Business and Personal data, I was not able to recover my Business Photos. Apple iCloud should have been able to do this.
Thomas Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

Linode 8.5
Based on 128 answers
In fact, I've needed customer support in rare occasions. In those cases, service was pretty fast and adequate.I love when I get notified something is wrong at 3:00 am and by 3:30 am it was resolved with no notice by me or my customers.
Tiago Ameller Gomila | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Apple iCloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I wish it hadn't taken as many iterations as it did. Some of it is my own fault and some of it was related to limitations imposed on me by the programming environment I chose to use. All in all, I'd say I did a pretty good job. I'd stack my homegrown spam defenses up against anyone's!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apple iCloud

Google Drive is great and it offers way more free storage than Apple iCloud, however, Google is known for sharing their user's data much more freely than Apple. To some people, this might not be a big deal. I prefer to pay a few dollars for added security. Dropbox is a different situation in that it offers less free storage space than Apple. Dropbox also integrates very well with many different services, but Apple has been rapidly improving in this area.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

We're moving from Bluehost. We've found Bluehost to be overpriced, underperforming, and with support that's quite bad. Their offerings are geared toward consumers and it shows. You'll be paying more for things that are really antifeatures, like big clunky Cpanel installs that require specific OS versions and frozen system packages. Absolutely nightmarish to maintain. Antique, opaque billing system. Ossified. Coasting. Just not a good match for us.
Linode is the polar opposite. SSDs are table stakes, everything is on-demand and can be sampled at will, support has been gracious and eager to assist with our migrations - it feels like a banquet of options built just for us.
For a long time whenever I was looking for documentation online, I would
end up on a DigitalOcean tutorial, but in recent years Linode has even
caught up there. I opted to try out Linode due to mindshare among community figures I respect, and once I gave it a shot I was hooked. Never felt the need to look anywhere else afterward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Apple iCloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Although I use only a fraction of their product offerings, the total set makes scalability an easy goal to shoot for. As I said, I have a few customers that use the services my Linode provides...and I like it that way. However, should I need to scale up, I can...without incurring any more cost than I need to.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apple iCloud

  • Mobility. Apple iCloud along with other online storage options has given me the ability to access files and data while away from my office.
  • Security. I don't worry about security with my files in Apple iCloud. Of course, I don't generally store highly sensitive files in the cloud.
  • Simplicity. I can set up my file folders so that when I know I will need access to certain types of files away from my office, I save time with decision making or moving the files later when I may need to take a trip or visit a client.
Jeff Henkel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Linode

  • Competitive pricing was good for small to medium server needs (beyond the 32GB servers it becomes much more affordable to get dedicated servers elsewhere).
  • Network speeds gave good benefit to hosting speeds for TTFB which was a good selling point for some of our services.
  • Downtime caused much concern from clients/customers, degraded our reputation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General

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

Apple iCloud Editions & Modules

Edition
50GB$0.991
200GB$2.991
2TB$9.991
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Linode

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Linode Editions & Modules

Edition
1 Core$5.001
2 Cores$20.001
8 Cores$160.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details
CPU, transfer, storage, and RAM bundled into one simple price. Increase storage capacity with additional Block Storage or S3-compatible Object Storage. Add instant Backups with complete independency to your stack. Ensure your applications and services are highly-available with Linode NodeBalancers. Deploy Kubernetes clusters with our fully-managed container orchestration engine.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud
8.5
Linode
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud
9.4
Linode
9.1

Usability

Apple iCloud
7.8
Linode
8.7

Reliability and Availability

Apple iCloud
Linode
9.1

Performance

Apple iCloud
8.2
Linode
9.1

Support Rating

Apple iCloud
7.5
Linode
8.5

Implementation Rating

Apple iCloud
Linode
9.1

Scalability

Apple iCloud
Linode
9.1

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