We know that different companies have been trying to help people use cloud computing on the Internet in the past few years. As a newbie, it is not easy to choose from the different types of cloud services out there because most of the services are not free, and it might take a tremendous amount of time to try every service.
Let us compare two major services: Google Drive and HCL Connections. Note that HCL Connections is not a cloud service.
Google Drive is a file hosting service provided by Google. It was launched on April 24, 2012. It allows users to store files in the cloud, sync files across devices, and share files.
In addition to a web interface, Google Drive has Apps for most devices that can be used offline.
Google Drive doesn't only help you save files, it also serves as a central location for all of your Google activities.
Google's whole ecosystem of products, including its G Suite of office apps, is compatible with the Drive. So, chances are most people on the Internet already have a Google Drive account, as it is initiated even with apps such as YouTube.
Google Drive provides the user with 15 GB of free storage that can be expanded up to 30 TB upon payment. However, there is a maximum file size depending on whether it is a spreadsheet, presentation, or other types of files and also have some limitations in storing the versioning history feature.
Data stored on Drive is encrypted in 128-bit AES along with a multi-factor authentication feature.
HCL Connections was founded by IBM and later acquired by HCL in 2019.
It's an enterprise collaboration tool that makes it easier for teams to work together more effectively. It is used by both individuals and small/big enterprises. It uses the 2.0 development of the web.
They support many types of Plug-ins like Microsoft Outlook, HCL Lotus Notes, HCL Sametime, etc.
The pricing starts from 6 $/Month. They do not have a free version.
HCL Connections offer their users free 5 GB of storage and maximum storage of 1 TB for paid users with a maximum file size of 2 GB.
It is supported by almost all platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android.
HCL Connections support file versioning, and it charges less for additional storage spaces compared to its competitors. They also allow you to grant permission for a file or folder's invite link.
One of the significant disadvantages of HCL Connections is its high complexity of use. And, it does not offer a free trial.
The following table highlights the major differences between Google Drive and HCL Connections.
|Google Drive||HCL Connections|
|It was launched on April 14, 2012, by Google LLC.||IBM founded it, and then HCL acquired it later.|
|It is a cloud service.||It is a social security application.|
|It can be used for both personal and business purposes.||Different organizations use it for business purposes.|
|It offers a free account.||It doesn’t have a free account.|
|It offers high encryption.||It also offers encryption for files as well as messages sent.|
|It has a very simple User Interface.||It has a relatively complex User Interface.|
|They offer limited storage of 30 TB for the full paid pack.||They offer unlimited storage as an organization has to run on it.|
|They are available in most countries.||They are also available in most countries.|