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Score 9.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Dropbox ranks higher in 1 feature set: Cloud Storage Platform
  • IBM Aspera on Cloud ranks higher in 2 feature sets: File Sharing & Management, Cloud Storage Security & Administration

File Sharing & Management

7.3

Dropbox

73%
7.8

IBM Aspera on Cloud

78%
IBM Aspera on Cloud ranks higher in 5/7 features

Versioning

7.0
70%
96 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Video files

7.2
72%
105 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Audio files

7.3
73%
101 Ratings
8.2
82%
8 Ratings

Document collaboration

7.5
75%
104 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Access control

7.4
74%
111 Ratings
6.6
66%
9 Ratings

File search

7.3
73%
112 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Device sync

7.1
71%
108 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

7.4

Dropbox

74%
7.5

IBM Aspera on Cloud

75%
Dropbox ranks higher in 2/3 features

User and role management

7.1
71%
101 Ratings
6.2
62%
9 Ratings

File organization

7.8
78%
108 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Device management

7.3
73%
95 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cloud Storage Platform

7.5

Dropbox

75%
7.4

IBM Aspera on Cloud

74%
Dropbox ranks higher in 2/3 features

Performance

7.8
78%
113 Ratings
7.7
77%
9 Ratings

Reliability

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
7.2
72%
9 Ratings

Storage Reports

6.8
68%
87 Ratings
7.2
72%
9 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Dropbox is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • IBM Aspera on Cloud is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Dropbox and IBM Aspera on Cloud are tied in 1 area: Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.6

Dropbox

76%
132 Ratings
6.7

IBM Aspera on Cloud

67%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.0

Dropbox

10%
20 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.6

Dropbox

86%
23 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Dropbox

90%
2 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.8

Dropbox

88%
10 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.3

Dropbox

73%
60 Ratings
7.7

IBM Aspera on Cloud

77%
7 Ratings

Online Training

9.0

Dropbox

90%
1 Rating

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Dropbox

100%
4 Ratings
10.0

IBM Aspera on Cloud

100%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.0

Dropbox

80%
1 Rating

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Dropbox

Dropbox is used in a variety of ways at our workplace. Sharing documents with our team on the go is made possible by Dropbox. Once a file is uploaded to Dropbox, team members can view and discuss it immediately. Some of the new features make it easier for us to keep things organized and maintain continuity during our meetings. We will store large files on it and send them to clients or suppliers via a link. A sales campaign's data is also stored in Dropbox. For example, it enables our marketing team to work on various sales campaigns from any location.
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IBM

It is best suited to products and companies which extensively use IBM cloud and other cloud hosted services by IBM. This is because since the existing interface is a little challenging to use, IBM's own products and platform is well integrated with IBM Aspera on Cloud and there's relatively little work for the integration team
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Pros

Dropbox

  • We are transferring large files and multiple files with various internal and external parties due to the ease of sharing files and folders.
  • Smart sync, so you don't have to worry about device space and search large file batches quickly.
  • Synchronizing a data file across organizations without the user having to do anything other than work is a significant benefit of cloud computing.
  • Allowing only the people who need it to have access is a huge perk and works well with other enterprise software.
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IBM

  • Ease of use: the Graphical User Interface doesn't require technical know-how to operate
  • Delivery Receipts: this allows us the confidence to know our files have reached our customers
  • Activity Monitor: lets you know how much data you have used, which is important for budgeting reasons.
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Cons

Dropbox

  • At one point 2 gigs [were] deemed enough for the "Free" version of Dropbox and its competition. However as even the most simple picture from a phone gets larger, 2 gigs might no longer be enough. Might want to increase the free size to adjust for file size inflation.
  • Dropbox's app is very presumptive of updating itself every time you log on to a system that it's installed on. I know that's a feature you can turn off, but the assumption to turn that feature on by default is annoying.
  • Dropbox could use a phone app function that would initiate a download to a designated computer hard drive. It would eliminate having to see the file on your phone, go to your computer, turn it on and then download the file.
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IBM

  • Track upload/download usage OVERALL to know how much space is left
  • Track cloud storage overall to know how much space is left
  • More easily send single links to users for download, rather than full access (I know it is possible, but it is not intuitive)
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Pricing Details

Dropbox

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Dropbox editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
BasicFree1
Plus$11.992
Family$19.993

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

IBM Aspera on Cloud

Starting Price

$0.95 per transferred gigabyte

Editions & Modules

IBM Aspera on Cloud editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Pay as You Go$0.951
Standard Edition$716.402
Advanced Edition$10,440.003
Enterprise EditionContact sales4

Footnotes

  1. per transferred gigabyte
  2. per transfer volume starting at 1 terabyte per year
  3. per transfer volume starting at 6 terabytes per year
  4. per transfer volume starting at 60 terabytes per year

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Dropbox

Dropbox is a user-friendly, easy tool which requires little to no skill and they offer a free version with a good amount of storage available. There are other file sharing tools available however at a cost. Dropbox free version I have used for years and it serves every purpose I need.
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IBM

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Usability

Dropbox

Dropbox is dead simple to us since right out of the box, it creates a folder on your PC and anything added to it gets synced to the cloud and any other device signed into that account. You can then dive deeper into permissions, version history, etc. Overall though, the minimalist approach is welcome since not everyone we work with is highly technical and that itself saves us time and money. Many of our colleagues already use Dropbox for their personal cloud so no training is required when using it at work other than going over our own company guidelines and best practices.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Performance

Dropbox

Dropbox is really useful, you can access any file from anywhere and you can upload and even edit files online, but, sometimes it can be slow. Downloading, uploading, and syncing is a bit slow, it can take several minutes. Furthermore, the search engine for large amounts of data can be slow too and it is not powerful.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Dropbox

It has not been necessary to go to customer support lately, since everything works perfectly. However, I must add that at the beginning when I started using Dropbox, and I had any doubts about how it worked, customer support was always attentive and found the best solutions effectively.
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IBM

The support from IBM is fast and reliable. Very knowledgeable engineers provide you with the support on Aspera. We had a very good experience when opened tickets and we were able to get our issues resolved quickly. Most solutions are provided within a day so you can expect a quick turnaround time. Overall, the support has been very good.
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Implementation Rating

Dropbox

I needed to stay current in improving my daily operations. Dropbox
was suggested to me by a former colleague two-years ago and I've been using it just fine ever since.
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IBM

The service provided by the authorized vendor was excellent. It was a good collaboration between the vendor IT team and internal IT team. They provided us with a timeline and we verified and approved that timeline. Daily stand ups and weekly meetups were conducted to update the internal team on progress. They were able to deliver all deliverables on time also, they conducted both alpha testing and beta version testing in time. Overall, they were able to complete the implementation in the given timeline.
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Alternatives Considered

Dropbox

Of all the options we tried, Dropbox was at the top in terms of performance, reliability, and features. Nextcloud is a self-hosted solution, and is the system preferred by our IT department — mainly because it is free or has no annual subscription cost. However, it's UI is clunky compared to Dropbox's. It didn't sync files as well, couldn't preview some file types, and had other technical problems. Even though it was locally hosted, it was slower than Dropbox. Google Drive is another service we used in tandem with the others. It is great for collaborative documents and spreadsheets, and does OK with some other types of projects. But for file sharing it didn't work as well, and our plan didn't allow for enough storage space compared to the other options. For my personal home use, I use pCloud. It works great, and has an optional lifetime purchase plan: You have perpetual use for a one-time payment. I like that you can sync specific subfolders to a computer, but it is more tedious or technical to set up compared to Dropbox.
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IBM

Aspera comes with IBM cloud so there isn’t really a choice. Since it’s built-in, it integrates well and there was no need to buy another solution. Therefore, I did not consider other options. It worked fine, gave access files, push data securely, and did it faster than standard HTTPS.
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Scalability

Dropbox

I can add and add a tin files large files and Dropbox is still working great!
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Dropbox

  • Dropbox has a very generous free option. Once surpassed, the cost is relatively inexpensive, which makes it a low cost option for file sharing.
  • It allows us to easily share files with clients without needing to pay for other services that are email based.
  • It's wide usage and wide acceptance in the business world makes it easy to work with other individuals and companies, speeding up collaboration.
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IBM

  • Aspera has changed the way we do business. We are now able to share huge file sets electronically, saving on external drives, shipping costs, time, and effort.
  • Our industry is very slow to commit to electronic alternatives to physical media. In less than three years, the positive results of using this service have caused over 70% of our user base to fully commit to electronic delivery, with the number of physical fulfillments quickly being driven toward zero.
  • Transfers within our own company, which formerly relied solely on FTP/HTTP transfer drives that would take days now take minutes with Aspera. Our software team relies on the speed and accuracy of the transfers.
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