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Alternatives to iCloud

Google Drive, OneDrive, Gmail, Dropbox, and Amazon S3 are the most popular alternatives and competitors to iCloud.
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What is iCloud and what are its top alternatives?

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Top Alternatives to iCloud

  • Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. ...

  • OneDrive

    OneDrive

    Outlook.com is a free, personal email service from Microsoft. Keep your inbox clutter-free with powerful organizational tools, and collaborate easily with OneDrive and Office Online integration. ...

  • Gmail

    Gmail

    An easy to use email app that saves you time and keeps your messages safe. Get your messages instantly via push notifications, read and respond online & offline, and find any message quickly. ...

  • Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more. ...

  • Amazon S3

    Amazon S3

    Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web ...

  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure. ...

  • Amazon EBS

    Amazon EBS

    Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage. ...

  • Azure Storage

    Azure Storage

    Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud. ...

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Google Drive logo

Google Drive

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    Easy to use
  • 328
    Gmail integration
  • 311
    Enough free space
  • 270
    Collaboration
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    Stable service
  • 129
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 97
    Offline sync
  • 79
    Apps
  • 74
    15 gb storage
  • 50
    Add-ons
  • 9
    Integrates well
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 3
    Simple back-up tool
  • 2
    Linux terminal transfer tools
  • 2
    Amazing
  • 2
    Beautiful
  • 2
    Fast upload speeds
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    The more the merrier
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    So easy
  • 2
    Wonderful
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    It has grown to a stable in the cloud office
  • 1
    Butt
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    Best thing ever
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    G Suite integration
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    A
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    Got
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    307
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    WOW!!!!! i can make google slides
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    House
CONS OF GOOGLE DRIVE
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    Organization via web ui sucks
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    Not a real database

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Joshua Dean Küpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 3 upvotes · 119K views

We use Nextcloud for company-file-management, personal work-documents and for collaborative work (through collabora), organize our #TODOs, that are not covered by the Bugtracker. Existing solutions either were very expensive ( Google Drive ), missed a lot of features ( Trello ) or were pretty much overloaded with features ( Wekan within Sandstorm ).

That made Nextcloud ud our natural fit for our company management and we're convinced of its integrations and flexibility.

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Jorge Cortell
Founder & CEO at Kanteron Systems · | 1 upvote · 126.5K views

We originally used Dropbox as an easy way to store and share documents, but moved to the much more powerful and convenient Google Drive, although we still use Dropbox occasionally.

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OneDrive logo

OneDrive

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Save your files and photos to OneDrive and get them from any device, anywhere
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      Gmail logo

      Gmail

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        Its free
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      CONS OF GMAIL
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        Can't unsend, add open trackers or read recipients

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      Hi! I am trying to decide between using Calendly or Meetingbird for my consultancy. I would like to connect 3/4 calendars (via Gmail / G Suite) and primarily use Zoom as my connection platform. I'd love to hear about what others use and your recommendations/points to consider. TIA!

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      I'm looking for a tool or set of tools to enable searching across all of our platforms including Confluence and Jira, Zoho CRM, Gmail, Gdrive for business, Dropbox and iCloud.

      Any ideas. Something like X1? IBM Watson Discovery?

      (And local Disk of course)

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      Dropbox logo

      Dropbox

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        Free
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        Shared file hosting
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        'just works'
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        No brainer
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        Integration with external services
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        Simple
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        Good api
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        Least cost (free) for the basic needs case
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        It just works
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        Convenient
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        Accessible from all of my devices
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        Command Line client
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        Can even be used by your grandma
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        Synchronizing laptop and desktop - work anywhere
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        Mac app
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        Sync API
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        Beautiful UI
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        Ability to pay monthly without losing your files
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        Extended version history
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        Delta synchronization
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        Cross platform app
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        Reliable
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        Cons
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        YC Company
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        Pros
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        What a beautiful app
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        The more the merrier
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        So easy
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        For when client needs file without opening firewall
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        Easy/no setup
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        Easy to work with
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        Everybody needs to share and synchronize files reliabl
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        Everybody needs to share and synchronize files reliably
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        Backups, local and cloud
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        Easy to use
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        The more the merrier
      CONS OF DROPBOX
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        Personal vs company account is confusing
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        Replication kills CPU and battery

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      Jorge Cortell
      Founder & CEO at Kanteron Systems · | 1 upvote · 126.5K views

      We originally used Dropbox as an easy way to store and share documents, but moved to the much more powerful and convenient Google Drive, although we still use Dropbox occasionally.

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      Amazon S3 logo

      Amazon S3

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        Reliable
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        Scalable
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        Cheap
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        Simple & easy
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        Many sdks
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        Logical
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        Easy Setup
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        1000+ POPs
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        REST API
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        Secure
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        Easy
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        Web UI for uploading files
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        Plug and play
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        GDPR ready
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        Flexible
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        Faster on response
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        Plug-gable
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        Easy to use
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        Easy integration with CloudFront
      CONS OF AMAZON S3
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        Permissions take some time to get right
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        Takes time/work to organize buckets & folders properly
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        Requires a credit card
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        Complex to set up

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      Ashish Singh
      Tech Lead, Big Data Platform at Pinterest · | 36 upvotes · 881.4K views

      To provide employees with the critical need of interactive querying, we’ve worked with Presto, an open-source distributed SQL query engine, over the years. Operating Presto at Pinterest’s scale has involved resolving quite a few challenges like, supporting deeply nested and huge thrift schemas, slow/ bad worker detection and remediation, auto-scaling cluster, graceful cluster shutdown and impersonation support for ldap authenticator.

      Our infrastructure is built on top of Amazon EC2 and we leverage Amazon S3 for storing our data. This separates compute and storage layers, and allows multiple compute clusters to share the S3 data.

      We have hundreds of petabytes of data and tens of thousands of Apache Hive tables. Our Presto clusters are comprised of a fleet of 450 r4.8xl EC2 instances. Presto clusters together have over 100 TBs of memory and 14K vcpu cores. Within Pinterest, we have close to more than 1,000 monthly active users (out of total 1,600+ Pinterest employees) using Presto, who run about 400K queries on these clusters per month.

      Each query submitted to Presto cluster is logged to a Kafka topic via Singer. Singer is a logging agent built at Pinterest and we talked about it in a previous post. Each query is logged when it is submitted and when it finishes. When a Presto cluster crashes, we will have query submitted events without corresponding query finished events. These events enable us to capture the effect of cluster crashes over time.

      Each Presto cluster at Pinterest has workers on a mix of dedicated AWS EC2 instances and Kubernetes pods. Kubernetes platform provides us with the capability to add and remove workers from a Presto cluster very quickly. The best-case latency on bringing up a new worker on Kubernetes is less than a minute. However, when the Kubernetes cluster itself is out of resources and needs to scale up, it can take up to ten minutes. Some other advantages of deploying on Kubernetes platform is that our Presto deployment becomes agnostic of cloud vendor, instance types, OS, etc.

      #BigData #AWS #DataScience #DataEngineering

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      Simon Reymann
      Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

      Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

      • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
      • Respectively Git as revision control system
      • SourceTree as Git GUI
      • Visual Studio Code as IDE
      • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
      • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
      • SonarQube as quality gate
      • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
      • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
      • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
      • Heroku for deploying in test environments
      • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
      • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
      • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
      • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
      • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

      The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

      • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
      • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
      • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
      • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
      • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
      • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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      Google Cloud Storage logo

      Google Cloud Storage

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        In #Aliadoc, we're exploring the crowdfunding option to get traction before launch. We are building a SaaS platform for website design customization.

        For the Admin UI and website editor we use React and we're currently transitioning from a Create React App setup to a custom one because our needs have become more specific. We use CloudFlare as much as possible, it's a great service.

        For routing dynamic resources and proxy tasks to feed websites to the editor we leverage CloudFlare Workers for improved responsiveness. We use Firebase for our hosting needs and user authentication while also using several Cloud Functions for Firebase to interact with other services along with Google App Engine and Google Cloud Storage, but also the Real Time Database is on the radar for collaborative website editing.

        We generally hate configuration but honestly because of the stage of our project we lack resources for doing heavy sysops work. So we are basically just relying on Serverless technologies as much as we can to do all server side processing.

        Visual Studio Code definitively makes programming a much easier and enjoyable task, we just love it. We combine it with Bitbucket for our source code control needs.

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        Amazon EBS logo

        Amazon EBS

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          We are expected to use around 80 microservices (not replicas). I think a total of 200-250 microservices will be there in the system with 10-12 slave nodes.

          We tried Prometheus but it looks like maintenance is a big issue. We need to manage scaling, maintaining the storage, and dealing with multiple exporters and Grafana. I felt this itself needs few dedicated resources (at least 2-3 people) to manage. Not sure if I am thinking in the correct direction. Please confirm.

          You mentioned Datadog and Sysdig charges per host. Does it charge per slave node?

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          Azure Storage

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          PROS OF AZURE STORAGE
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          CONS OF AZURE STORAGE
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            Direct support is not provided by Azure storage

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