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5568 Ratings

Google Drive

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Google Drive ranks higher in 3 feature sets: File Sharing & Management, Cloud Storage Security & Administration, Cloud Storage Platform

File Sharing & Management

8.7

Google Drive

87%
7.8

IBM Aspera on Cloud

78%
Google Drive ranks higher in 5/7 features

Versioning

8.6
86%
175 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Video files

8.3
83%
165 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Audio files

8.7
87%
160 Ratings
8.2
82%
8 Ratings

Document collaboration

9.3
93%
193 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Access control

8.7
87%
190 Ratings
6.6
66%
9 Ratings

File search

8.6
86%
194 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Device sync

8.5
85%
181 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

8.7

Google Drive

87%
7.5

IBM Aspera on Cloud

75%
Google Drive ranks higher in 2/3 features

User and role management

8.9
89%
178 Ratings
6.2
62%
9 Ratings

File organization

8.5
85%
188 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Device management

8.7
87%
101 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cloud Storage Platform

8.7

Google Drive

87%
7.4

IBM Aspera on Cloud

74%
Google Drive ranks higher in 3/3 features

Performance

8.8
88%
187 Ratings
7.8
78%
9 Ratings

Reliability

8.9
89%
189 Ratings
7.2
72%
9 Ratings

Storage Reports

8.5
85%
89 Ratings
7.2
72%
9 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Google Drive is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • IBM Aspera on Cloud is rated higher in 2 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

Google Drive

89%
196 Ratings
6.7

IBM Aspera on Cloud

67%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

Google Drive

99%
5 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

5.6

Google Drive

56%
37 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.4

Google Drive

94%
14 Ratings

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

5.3

Google Drive

53%
83 Ratings
7.7

IBM Aspera on Cloud

77%
7 Ratings

In-Person Training

9.0

Google Drive

90%
1 Rating

IBM Aspera on Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Google Drive

80%
9 Ratings
10.0

IBM Aspera on Cloud

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Google

Drive works wonders as a cloud storage tool for simple to medium complex projects. It allows any digital operation to grow remote and adds remote capabilities to collaborating on digital projects. For a small-medium operation, is an affordable option only bested by a NAS or any other kind of physical on-site storage solution. UI/UX is easy to understand and there's a very short learning curve to it. For bigger or multi-format operations where complex software files are to be used, I'd advise exploring more specific options.
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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

Google

  • Any user with access can store a file using different platforms like Android, IOS, Windows, or Ubuntu (Desktop version)
  • You can share files with any number of different users with different access rights or you can even keep it public by providing the access link and assign different rights for public access
  • You can open Excel/Word files using google software Sheets/Docs in the browser environment without having to install software like Microsoft Office etc on your Windows OS
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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

Google

  • Having a little bit more control and clarity over what is shared and how it is shared would be a useful improvement.
  • Could be more robust and flexible as far as assigning restrictions.
  • Google Sheets could be enhanced because Excel really is not there yet as a product with equal capabilities as there are still quite a few limitations to the functionality.
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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

Google Drive

Starting Price

$0 per month

Editions & Modules

Google Drive editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Basic$6.001
Business$12.002
EnterpriseContact Vendor for Quote3

Footnotes

  1. per month
  2. per month
  3. per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Discounts are available for students, educators, and non profit organizations.

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

Google

For its compatibility, easiness, quick responses, user interface, storage capacity, files management and file listings. These are some of the reasons for giving higher ratings and Google Drive has become an integral part of my professional life. We use this software on daily basis and most of the time saving lot of time.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Usability

Google

It's easy enough to use for computer users of all ages and skill levels. I am an advanced user, and I think the hardest part might be showing someone how to download and set up the app on their device if they weren't too familiar with computers, but overall it is very easy to understand.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Performance

Google

The documents load fairly quickly and also update in real time, especially given the fact that multiple people can be using it at once. The "Offline" feature works great to allow the user to make edits and access the document without access to the internet, and then sync changes later once they're back.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Google

It takes a few days for customer support to get back to you. Although, I have not had to use support too often. Once you get an email back, they are very thorough and work hard to fix the problem quickly. It is a really great resource and a great way to get the help you need if you're stuck. A phone call also works quickly but you have to call during specific times.
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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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In-Person Training

Google

The effective google workspace using training that my organization received and was conducted by me (as a team lead of the ICT team) was mind-blowing and as a result, our staff is performing well in terms of using the application for their daily jobs than before. Now, in my institution, all teachers and all the administrative personnel are very much interested in cloud storage facilities, in previous my institution was afraid of losing all important documents in the cloud storage. But, after having received the training they are now realized that if anyone has only one google account then he or she can use 15GB of cloud storage freely and they are now happy because now it is not necessary for anyone to carry the traditional pen drive.
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IBM

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Google

It's an extremely easy software to implement, once you sign up for a google account you automatically have access to google drive with a set amount of storage space. The business or Google Suite accounts have more storage space than a regular free account, but setting up and accessing google drive is very easy in both cases
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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

Google

Google Drive was the 1st Product that I evaluated of its kind about 15 years ago. I used it then and I still use it. You do not require anything else. It is flexible, easy to use, and accessible. It also gives you a very decent space of 15 GB free of charge. Who needs anything else?
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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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Return on Investment

Google

  • It is best to use if your university has partnered with Google. Unlimited Cloud Storage plus simplicity is evert student's dream!
  • It would be good, though, if Google would partner with other companies to be able to support/run other file types.
  • It is not pricey for all it's worth!
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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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