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Score 8.2 out of 100

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Score 8.4 out of 100

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.
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

This is just a fantastic platform for dipping your toes into new technologies or running parallel testing of tings like ETL’s and BI Tools. Storage is so cheap and you can switch things on and off at will to save costs. Even if you are a 1-server company just managing email and file storage, going virtual is simply the best option. We still have a few on-prem servers and old Oracle items that we are swiftly moving to eliminate because the cloud is just that much easier and cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
7.5
Microsoft Azure
Versioning
Apple iCloud
6.8
Microsoft Azure
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Audio files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
6.4
Microsoft Azure
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.0
Microsoft Azure
File search
Apple iCloud
7.2
Microsoft Azure
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.2
Microsoft Azure

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.4
Microsoft Azure
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.3
Microsoft Azure
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.8
Microsoft Azure
Device management
Apple iCloud
7.2
Microsoft Azure

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.1
Microsoft Azure
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.4
Microsoft Azure
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.7
Microsoft Azure
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.3
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Ease of building user interfaces
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Scalability
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.9
Platform management overhead
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Workflow engine capability
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Platform access control
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Services-enabled integration
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.5
Development environment creation
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.7
Development environment replication
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.6
Issue monitoring and notification
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Issue recovery
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Upgrades and platform fixes
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Perhaps the biggest advantage of Microsoft Azure is its ease of integration with other Microsoft products. If you're used to using Excel, Access, SQL Server, and other Microsoft products, Azure will fit in nicely.
  • Azure does a good job at pointing the user into user-friendly methods for data capture and analysis. In fact, I think Azure does the best job at this compared to competing tools.
  • Microsoft Azure has recently made strides in implementing advanced analytics, such as machine learning. Their advances are great and integrate nicely with the tool.
Thomas Young | 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

Microsoft Azure

  • Sometimes its a bit overwhelming as to the volume of functions
  • The layout could be more intuitive
  • While there are a lot of support docs it could be laid out a bit better to help you get where you need to go
Kyle Kochtan | 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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jeff Henkel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.9
Based on 20 answers
Fairly easy to manage with a lot of small exceptions. Interface blades can seem to branch out many levels deep making changes and available settings difficult to find. There are seemingly endless and obscure gotchas and undocumented limitations and pitfalls that can only be realized after the fact.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apple iCloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 7.2
Based on 4 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.
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 7.9
Based on 20 answers
Microsoft products are well-known for 24x7 global coverage of customer support. They also sometimes come with a multiple support plan, which caters to different business requirements and needs. However, more support will also mean more cost to bare. Other than that, limited options in technical training sometimes make it quite challenging in finding the right talents for managing Microsoft Azure clouds and more dependency in Microsoft technical support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Apple iCloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

Google Cloud has a selection of products that are specific to machine-learning, but they are better for more specific use-cases like Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and other APIs. For our company, we were looking for APIs and cloud products that had a bit more flexibility in their interface, which is something that Azure offered for more of their products.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Adam Lauer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • This solution has allowed reduction of hardware costs. Virtualization is by far much less expensive than onsite platforms.
  • Buying and configuring systems is costly in terms of initial investment and specialized staff. Azure minimizes those costs.
  • Azure has created a positive impact on our business objectives in the sense that it has allowed system integrations to become available in a quicker time frame than typically expected.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General

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

Microsoft Azure

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud
7.7
Microsoft Azure
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud
9.4
Microsoft Azure
10.0

Usability

Apple iCloud
8.4
Microsoft Azure
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
6.8

Performance

Apple iCloud
8.2
Microsoft Azure

Support

Apple iCloud
7.2
Microsoft Azure
7.9

Implementation

Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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