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Overview

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Google Drive is a cloud storage and backup platform to access files, docs, photos & more, store them in a safe place, and...

ownCloud is an open source enterprise file sharing platform designed to provide users with secure access to company files...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

6

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

5

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

20.9K

5K

515

45

9

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

4.2

54

5

4

3

2

1

23

21

8

1

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
87%
would recommend this app

Pros

Filestream integrates perfectly with Windows Explorer. I LOVE that I can access files on my computer that are on the shared drive in the same way I would access a file in MyDocuments.
Overall I am pleased with drive. It is user friendly and being someone who is not tech savvy it is nice to be able to use without having to contact support.
Overall, I am very happy with Google Drive. It is a good investment when backing up your files.

Pros

Controlling your own data, while enjoying much of the benefits of the likes of dropbox or onedrive. Ability to link mobile phones and sync contacts and calendars.
Overall the product is good, and a number of addons provide good expanded integration and functionality.
Very innovative and give us the opportunity to develop new kind of business.

Cons

There isn't much I don't like about google drive. The offline work can be a little tricky at times and I have lost a few sentences due to this feature.
There is some frustration for lack of support for older devices which sometimes are just used for storage themselves.
Furthermore, it seems to keeps failing to sync a specific type of file (.suo , a Visual Studio related file) which however is only just a bit annoying and does not cause any trouble.

Cons

Being an Open Source, you can find information on the network, and in this way it can be violated by knowing how it is installed and configured.
I actually do not have a choice since some office environment block external cloud storage providers and migrate away from Microsoft enterprise services to ownCloud.
Only saving data on your own cloud but no more features.
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Key features

  • Total features29
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Device Support
  • Multi-Language
  • Offline Access
  • Password Management
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real Time Synchronization
  • Real-time Updates
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Tagging
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features60
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Device Support
  • Multi-Language
  • Offline Access
  • Password Management
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real Time Synchronization
  • Real-time Updates
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Tagging
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1048
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk Suite
  • Total integrations18
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk Suite

User reviews that mention these apps

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Maya K.

Media Production, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Google Drive

The only reasonably priced file sharing solution for media companies

Reviewed 3 years ago

Google Drive has been an integral part of our company since 2015, a year after we started. For a media company, file space racks up FAST. Especially since we are keeping all the original audio files. We find ourselves quickly using up all our dropbox space. We explore self-hosted solutions like OwnCloud but we cannot risk having our physical server or hard disks fail on us. Usually I do not trust services that touts unlimited storages, but from Google, I will trust.

Pros

The cost is the main pros of this service. At the low price of $12/user/month, we get access to email, an entire office suite as well as unlimited file storage via Google Drive. The download speed is fast, I mean, it's by Google, what else do I need to say.

Cons

Frankly, there is no much cons that I have. It works exactly like dropbox but at a fraction of it's cost and comes with more features.

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Mohammad M.

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Civil Engineering, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

ownCloud is a robust utility for anyone looking to access & manage their own cloud storage

Reviewed 12 days ago

ownCloud is by far the best cloud solution I've tried for managing my data without any hindrances in terms of setup or drive configurations. The utility is silky-smooth across the entire interface & sharing data conveniently via link (with custom accessibility permissions) makes it the most versatile cloud software for fulfilling my productivity purposes.

Pros

ownCloud offers a state-of-the-art GUI to navigate, share & manage my data with ease on mobile & desktop. Setting up my 2TB NAS drive into ownCloud & configuring my partitions exclusively for work & personal use proved to be an unchallenging task. Ever since I've lost all my data due to internal SSD failure, it was second nature of me to perform daily backups of my computer to avoid such catastrophe. This utility suits my backup (& sharing) demands as it doesn't have to cost me a small fortune for annual or monthly subscription. Moreover, I'm really amazed by the upload speeds ownCloud can reach on my home 2.5 gigabit ethernet as it takes me mere seconds to upload some of my favourite movies or series for sharing & streaming.

Cons

The only gripe I have with ownCloud is the time it takes to create a new user on the web application. I doubt it's a network-related issue from my end as it's noticeable on both my office & home networks. Perhaps a future update will resolve the matter.

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Javier Victor Marian B.

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Government Administration, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

Pioneer on open source cloud storage.

Reviewed 4 years ago

I love owncloud, i been there almost since it born, and I'm using it now, actively participating in the community.

Pros

I been using owncloud for at least 10 years. I'm part of the translation to spanish too. I got mad at bugs, problems, etc, but this growed quick and bugs were repaired. Now, is the solution that I use internal in the institution (government) and for my personal customers, for backup. The big pro is that the space its what you can afford in hard drives. Easy to maintain. Secure. With a lot of addons for productivity and integration. Clients for every single OS that exist.

Cons

As same as dropbox and other products, the big con that I found is that every time that the client starts needs to scan all folders. In big folders with a lot of files, this take a while and it use a lot of hard drive. So when your OS starts client will kill the HD until finishing the indexing of files.