What are the differences between iCloud and ShareFile?

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Let us understand the concepts of iCloud and ShareFile before learning the differences between them.

iCloud

iCloud is one of the cloud storage and provides cloud computing services, it was launched in the year 2011 by Apple Inc. It enables users to store data like documents, photos, and music on remote servers. It also provides wireless backup iOS devices directly to iCloud instead of manual backups.

We can store all type files in iCloud Drive, if they are less than 50GB in size. Generally if we sign up for iCloud we get 5GB free storage for Backup’s, Mail and iCloud Drive. If we want more storage we need to upgrade our iCloud storage based on the plans. We can also share 200Gb and 2TB plans with our family by paying a monthly bill in Apple.

Features

The features of iCloud are as follows −

  • iCloud Drive helps us to save files and app data to iCloud

  • It is available for iOS, Macs, and Windows PCs

  • We can access all of our files and data from any device

  • Keeps the files/folders up to date in our devices

  • File sharing management

  • Cloud storage security

  • Cloud administration

  • Cloud storage platform

Advantages

The advantages of iCloud are as follows −

  • Increase efficiency.

  • Portability

  • Work from anywhere made it easier.

  • It is a clean platform.

  • iCloud is user-friendly.

Disadvantages

The disadvantages of iCloud are as follows −

  • Accessibility of photos on desktop platforms.

  • App options on desktop.

  • Automatically backs up files

  • Customization is not possible

  • To share large files, you need to upgrade to a paid version.

ShareFile

ShareFile was launched by Jesse Lipson in the year 2005 and was later owned by Citrix system in the year 2011. It can be integrated with any third party applications and current file storage systems to ensure flexible and synchronous file storage, modification, saving, sending and retrieval of files. It accommodates the secure sending of large files, with the ability to send and receive files of up to 100 GB in size.

It helps us to access the files from any device, mobile or desktop, allowing you to work anywhere. We can also add an e-signature feature to our documents, provide tracking tools and get notified when files are received.

Features

The features of ShareFile are as follows −

  • ShareFile Sync

  • Desktop Widget

  • Version Control

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Compliance

  • Tracking

  • Document Archiving

  • Document Assembly

  • Document Indexing

  • Document Retention

  • e-Signature

  • File Recovery

Advantages

The advantages of ShareFile are as follows −

  • We can share documents

  • Unlimited storage

  • Send and receive files in a more safe and secure way.

  • Software includes a number of features.

Disadvantages

The disadvantages of ShareFile are as follows −

  • Difficult to non-tech people to handle

  • Outlook extension of ShareFile is not good

  • Sometimes documents are shown as corrupted and forced to reload.

  • Transferring takes a lot of time.

Differences

The major differences between iCloud and ShareFile are as follows −

iCloud
ShareFile
iCloud was owned by Apple Inc in 2011.
ShareFile was owned by Citrix systems in the year 2005.
iCloud offers 5 GB free storage space when we sign up.
ShareFile offers 30 days free trial for maximum storage size is 10 GB.
iCloud provides file hosting and cloud storage services.
ShareFile provides file synchronization service and file sharing service.
iCloud is mainly designed for macOS and iOS.
ShareFile is supported by Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.
iCloud maximum file size is 50 GB.
ShareFile maximum file is 10 GB to 100 GB based on plans.
iCloud is used to store both personal and professional data.
ShareFile is used to store business related data.
raja
Updated on 22-Mar-2022 12:14:23

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