Cloud Combat: Amazon Cloud versus Google Cloud
Cloud storage has become quite popular as people look for new ways to save all their important files. Backing it up on a portable hard drive is one way to go, but then access becomes an issue. When you save files in a cloud, you can connect with it whenever the need arises.
Both Amazon and Google Cloud have been having it out for quite some time. Factors such as pricing, storage space, added features, etc. have seen both these giants take the lead at some point or another.
If you’re thinking of switching to a cloud service, then picking one could be a tough task. Select one that suits your requirements and has the features you need. Here’s a short guide that should help you compare both services.
On the surface
If you’re looking for a simple online storage system, then Amazon Cloud is what you should be checking out. With an introductory offer of 5GB free space, this is one service that is a good way to kick off your cloud experience. The music and video playing options could also keep you hooked for a while.
Once you’ve reached your 5GB limit, you need to shell out one dollar for a GB. This goes up to 1TB, which means you’ll spend $1000 for 1000 GB. It all depends on how much space you need.
If you already have an Amazon account, then you just need to navigate to the Cloud Drive menu. Once you agree to the contract, you can start uploading your files. An important point is that there is no guarantee stated that your data will stay safe. This could be a little disconcerting for first time users.
The Cloud Drive interface is responsive and simple to wrap your head around. There are two main sections: lists and folders. While one can add sub-folders, creating new lists is not an option yet. Multiple file uploading is a breeze, as well.
Downloading files is quite an easy task. You just have to double-click on them or use the ‘Download’ button. The in-built Flash music player is great for those who have saved their music in the Cloud Drive.
Amazon Cloud Drive is for the user who is looking for simple online storage and nothing else. You can’t sync folders nor can you share files with others, thus making the service a basic cloud storage solution.
On the surface
Google Drive can be used online or you could even download a desktop app that helps sync files and folders. This works just like Dropbox. Offering users 5GB of free space, the search giant follow this up with a host of nifty features.
If you’re a heavy-duty user, then you can buy 100GB additional space for a little below $60. This is $40 lesser than what Amazon would charge you.
The sharing options available on Google Drive make it a runaway hit. You can choose from either of two options for files and folders: view-only or editable. Sending users link to particular files on your GDrive is another option to consider.
Once your Google Drive is packed with a lot of data, you will need a robust search tool. Google doesn’t disappoint with its optical character reader. Search results are quick and versatile.
Google Drive is meant for storage and facilitates collaborations, as well. The cleverly priced storage plans give it an additional boost.
At the end of the day, serious cloud hunters will go with Google Drive. However, Amazon Cloud Drive does offer a simplistic approach that many will find extremely refreshing. Take your pick.