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.
iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based ecosystem of applications and tools that you can use almost on all devices. Apple started its service on June 6th, 2011, and has managed to gain more than 850 million users and is built into every apple system.
iCloud provides free 5 GB of storage and a paid storage service of up to 2 TB of data, with a maximum file size of 50 GB. It also provides features like family sharing and file sharing among friends and helps track lost devices.
iCloud allows users to back up their iOS devices wirelessly to the cloud rather than relying on laborious backups to a host Mac or Windows computer via iTunes. In addition, users can now instantaneously share photographs, music, and games by integrating their accounts via AirDrop wireless.
With iOS 5, "Find My Friends" was added to iCloud, allowing users to share their current location with friends and family. In addition, area-based alerts were added to iOS 6 to notify users when their smartphone arrives at a certain area.
All data stored in iCloud is synced across all apple id connected devices. Though iCloud is famous and is being used worldwide, Apple’s iCloud services do not provide end-to-end encryption, and Apple reserves the right to and admits to scanning user data.
The following table highlights the major differences between HCL Connections and iCloud.
|Developed by IBM||Developed by Apple|
|Launched in 2007 as IBM Connections||Launched in 2011|
|Provides users 2 GB of free storage||Provides users free 5 GB of storage|
|Maximum storage of 1 TB||Limited storage up to 2 TB|
|No client-side encryption||No client-side encryption|
|Max file size is 2 GB||Maximum file size is 50 GB|
|Does not support remote access||Supports remote access|