Amazon S3 vs Dropbox: What are the differences?
What is Amazon S3? Store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. 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.
What is Dropbox? Build the power of Dropbox into your apps. Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
Amazon S3 belongs to "Cloud Storage" category of the tech stack, while Dropbox can be primarily classified under "File Storage".
Some of the features offered by Amazon S3 are:
- Write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5 terabytes of data each. The number of objects you can store is unlimited.
- Each object is stored in a bucket and retrieved via a unique, developer-assigned key.
- A bucket can be stored in one of several Regions. You can choose a Region to optimize for latency, minimize costs, or address regulatory requirements. Amazon S3 is currently available in the US Standard, US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), South America (Sao Paulo), and GovCloud (US) Regions. The US Standard Region automatically routes requests to facilities in Northern Virginia or the Pacific Northwest using network maps.
On the other hand, Dropbox provides the following key features:
- Sync API- Read and write to Dropbox from iOS & Android as if it were a local filesystem.
- Core API- The basics. Upload, download, search, and more from your web or mobile app.
"Reliable", "Scalable" and "Cheap" are the key factors why developers consider Amazon S3; whereas "Easy to work with", "Free" and "Popular" are the primary reasons why Dropbox is favored.
Airbnb, Netflix, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use Amazon S3, whereas Dropbox is used by Lyft, StackShare, and 9GAG. Amazon S3 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4148 company stacks & 7691 developers stacks; compared to Dropbox, which is listed in 1352 company stacks and 5849 developer stacks.