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Cloud Storage Services Feature Comparison Chart

If you are ready to take the leap and migrate your business documents into the cloud, you have come to the correct place. Our detailed feature comparison chart will allow you to compare notable cloud services side-by-side so you can make an informed decision and select the service that best fits the needs of your organization. Whether you are looking for online backup, online storage, flexible file sharing or advanced security features, DriveHQ has you covered.

Features DriveHQ Dropbox Carbonite Box Egnyte Google Drive
Cloud File Storage, Cloud Drive
Web Browser-based Cloud Storage
Local Client Software
WebDAV Drive Mapping
Accessing cloud storage just like a local drive, it is the most straight-forward way of accessing cloud files.
The WebDAV feature seems to be available, but Box's own website says it's not officially supported on PC.
Folder Synchronization
Real-Time Folder Sync
One-way Sync (cloud-to-local or local-to-cloud)
Scheduled Sync
Real-time folder sync can be very inefficient if you keep changing a large file and the file is sync-ed again and again. Many Internet connections (such as ADSL and Cable Modem) have a much slower upload bandwidth than download bandwidth. Sync-ing a large file will slow down your Internet connection significantly.
Multiple Sync Tasks with Different Schedules
Users may need to sync one folder in real-time and another folder at night time. If files are being changed frequently, sync-ing in real-time can be very inefficient.
Sync Any Local Folder to Any Cloud Folder
Select any folder on a PC and synchronize it to a folder in the cloud.
Synchronize Open Files
If a file is opened by another program for writing, then the file is locked. Directly sync-ing the file will fail or it may corrupt the file. To sync / backup a locked file, it must first create a snapshot of the file using VSS (volume shadow copy) technology.

Protection From Accidental Deletion
In general, folder synchronization is not as safe as online backup. If you delete a file from a synchronized folder, then it will delete all copies of the file from any folders synchronized to the folder!

Sync Network Drives / External Drives / Servers
Cross Office Sync, Hybrid Cloud Storage
In one office, employees will not notice any differences. The benefit is they can access the same files from multiple office locations. To support this feature, a synchronization service must support syncing storage servers or NAS devices
Max Items That Can Be Sync-ed Unlimited Unclear 40,000
Limit of maximum 40,000 files and folders.
Limit of maximum 20,000 files in a folder and maximum file size of 5GB.
Exclude Certain Files from Being Sync-ed
Client Software
Folder Sync Software
Online Backup Software
Online Backup and Folder Sync are very different. Online Backup truly protects your data. A modern backup program should support real-time and scheduled backup. It can run as a service process backing up your computer even if nobody is logged on.

Email Backup Software
Mobile App for iPhone and iPad (iOS)
Mobile App for Android
Mobile App for Windows Phone
Metro App for Windows 8
Support 3rd party FTP and WebDAV software
Supports FTP for Business & Enterprise customers, however it's not recommended and should only be used for initial bulk uploading and occasional bulk downloading.
Egnyte's FTP service is designed as an alternative upload/download tool, limiting you to 100GB of data.
Online Backup Files and Emails
Basic Online Backup Features
Multiple Backup Tasks with Different Schedules
Backup Open Files (such as Outlook PST
and Quickbooks files)
Backup Outlook Emails Instead of PST Files
Backup Network Drives and USB Drives
Backup Servers with Nobody Logged On
Only the highest level plan (Business Premier Plan) supports Server Backup.
Group Backup with Central Monitoring
Group Backup with Central Management
FTP, Email, Web and File Hosting
FTP Server Hosting (Custom Domain)
Supports FTP for Business & Enterprise customers, however it's not recommended and should only be used for initial bulk uploading and occasional bulk downloading.
Egnyte's FTP service is designed as an alternative upload/download tool, limiting you to 100GB of data.
Email Server Hosting (Custom Domain)
Static Web Hosting (Custom Domain)
File Download Hosting, CDN Replacement)
Upload & Download Technologies
Data Compression for Fast Upload & Download Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear
Upload / Download Task List with Progress Bar
Monitor the list of files being uploaded / downloaded, the transfer speed and the progress info in real-time. Pause/resume a transfer task, delete files from the transfer task list.
Bandwidth Throttling
If you upload / download very large files, the software may use all your network bandwidth. To avoid making your Internet connection much slower, you can throttle the maximum upload / download speed of the software.
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Magic Upload & Data De-duplication
If a file has already been uploaded by another user and if you upload the same file, the provider can detect the same file and skip uploading, making upload speeds very fast.
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Incremental Upload / Download
Resume Interrupted Uploads / Downloads Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear>
Maximum File Size Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 250MB-5GB
Free users: 250MB
Paid Personal: 1GB
Paid Business: 2GB
Paid Enterprise: 5GB.
Office Plan: 2.5GB
Business Plan: 5GB
Enterprise Plan: 10GB
Max size for Google App Doc files: 2MB
Google Doc spreadsheet files: 20MB
Google Doc presentation files: 50MB
Other files: 10GB
Data Caching & Offline Access
File Sharing
Share files to non-members
Share files to members
If a large folder is shared to another Dropbox user and if the user does not have enough free storage space, then they must upgrade his subscription to access the document.
You can only share files to members within your group.
ACL-based File Sharing
Share files to groups and sub-groups
Share files to contact groups
Set Share Expiration Time
Automatic New File Notification
If a folder is shared or if a user uploads a new file to the shared folder, the system can send a new file notification email.
Publish Files and Folders
Publish Individual Files (Create Static Links)
Publish Folders (incl. All Files in It)
Regular Publish URL
A regular publish URL usually includes the file name in the URL. It is easier for users to understand the content of the link. It is also more convenient for the content publisher as he only needs to publish a folder, then he will have the publish URLs for all files in the folder.
Safe Publish URL
A safe publish URL does not include the account username, foldername and file name.
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File Hosting for Large Files or Large Volumes
Most cloud storage services limit the maximum number of downloads for a published file, or it limits the maximum file size. Therefore, they cannot be used for hosting large files or large download volumes.
True Drop Box Folder
Not to confsued with Dropbox, this folder acts as a real drop box in the post office, it allows anyone to upload files to you securely without the hassle of signup or logon.
True Drop Box Folder
Embed a Drop Box Folder in Your Own Web Page
Security and Privacy
Client-side Data Encryption
Encrypt data on your own computer using your own encryption key before transferring the data to the cloud. The cloud server and other users cannot decrypt your files without your encryption key.
File Versioning
Recycle Bin Folder
Password Policy
Requiring strong passwords from your users, changing password at next logon, automatically expire a password after certain number of days, etc.
IP Address Restriction
Event Log
This feature not included with service and you will have to pay extra.
Business and Enterprise Management Features
Support Sub-users
Support Sub-group Administrators
A sub-group is a permission group and a management group. The sub-group administrator and create and manage sub-users in his sub-group.
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Contact Groups / Mailing List
A contact group is used as a mailing list for an email service. It is also used as a permission group in file sharing.
Storage and Download Bytes Quota Unclear
Manage Guest Users for External Clients
A guest user has much lower privilege than a regular sub-user. They cannot see other group members, they cannot access group-shared folders, they can only access the folder(s) shared directly.
Batch Import / Export Users Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear
Batch Provisioning Many Accounts
Batch allocate storage space / download bytes quota, creating user options, etc.
Active Directory Integration and SSO
Dropbox uses 3rd party solution that is not free.
Box uses 3rd party solution that is not free.
Egnyte uses 3rd party solution that is not free.
Other SSO integration such as integrating with
Salesforce, or your company’s web service, etc.
Customization, Branding, Integration and API
Custom Logo and Landing Page Service
Custom domain FTP, Email and Web
Hosting service
Offers FTP feature, however it is not designed for FTP hosting.
Offers FTP feature, however it is not designed for FTP hosting.
Only offers email hosting services.
Full website customization and localization
(provide website template files for customization
and localization.)
Complete White label service
DriveHQ has both open standard APIs and proprietary APIs.
Customer Support
Phone Support
Phone support is available Mon - Fri from 8am - 6pm PST.
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Email Support and Support Forum
Service Demo, Walkthrough and Initial Training Unclear Unclear Unclear Unclear
Remote Desktop Support Unclear Unclear Unclear
Courier Data Upload
Emergency Data Download / Restore
Service Level Agreement
A written service level agreement that guarantees service up-time with terms on penalties.
HIPAA / Business Associate Agreement Unclear Unclear Unclear

Compare with Amazon Web Service (i.e. AWS: S3 and EC2)

Features DriveHQ Amazon
Virtual Machine
Cloud Storage
Ready-to-use Business Cloud Services
Ready-to-use FTP Server
Ready-to-use Email Server
Ready-to-use Static Web Server
Ready-to-use WebDAV Server
Online File and Email Backup Software
Explorer-like File Management Software
Folder Synchronization Software
File Sharing & Collaboration
ACL-based Folder Access Control
Group, Sub-group and Contact Group
Price Comparison
Cost Comparison & Analysis The price is based on the subscription plan. It bundles storage, bandwidth, server requests and advanced features. The price is charged separately for raw cloud storage, raw virtual machine, bandwidth, server requests
Raw Cloud Storage Price
+ Raw bandwidth
+ Raw Request Price
DriveHQ bundles raw storage, bandwidth, requests with advanced features. The prices below do not include the initial charge for plans below 10TB (which is very small when you order plans over 10TB). AWS can offer potentially more flexible or even more advanced features, but it requires technical expertise and software development work.
5 TB Storage
+ 2.5 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$416/month (based on annual service) $715/month + $x/month
10 TB storage
+ 5 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$750/month $1415/month + $x/month
20 TB Storage
+ 10 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$1332/month $2895/month + $x/month
50 TB Storage
+ 25 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$2916/month $6565/month + $x/month
>500 TB
+ 250 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$ 25000/month $52315/month + $x/month

Please note: the DriveHQ team takes every possible measure to ensure the information provided in the comparison chart is accurate and up-to-date. If you feel any information is misrepresented, we ask you bring it to our attention so we can make the necessary changes. Thank you.

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    Businesses can host their IT servers and systems on DriveHQ Cloud IT Service. It not only offers more and better features, but also is much easier to manage and costs far less.

  • Cloud Storage

    Cloud Storage is the same as Online Storage or Internet Storage. Users can easily upload / download files on DriveHQ cloud storage system using DriveHQ FileManager, DriveHQ.com website, DriveHQ FTP Service or DriveHQ WebDAV remote drive. Users can remotely access files from anywhere at any time.

  • Cloud File Server

    DriveHQ Cloud File Server works just like a network file server. You can drag and drop files / folders using FileManager, FTP or WebDAV drive mapping; you can directly edit a remote file and save back; you can manage sub-users and sub-groups; you can share different folders to different users with different permissions.

  • Cloud Backup

    You can get rid of USB backup, DVD backup or tape backup. DriveHQ Cloud Backup is much better and more affordable than traditional backup solutions. You can backup / restore files from anywhere at any time without carrying a backup device. Also because it is offsite backup, it can survive any major disasters.

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  • CDN Service

    DriveHQ Content Delivery Network Service

  • Online Storage

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  • WebDAV Drive Mapping

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  • Remote Data Access

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  • Secure File Storage

    DriveHQ online storage service is designed to be extremely secure and reliable. It is managed by professionals, colocated in a high-end data center with full redundancy and 24x7 onsite security. Your files are secure and private.

  • Drop Box Folder

    DriveHQ Drop Box folder enables anybody to upload files to you securely without having to sign up and without hassle. Just provide your drop box URL, and anybody can drop files into it. Files in a drop box can only be accessed by yourself.

  • FTP Service

    FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol". It is the most popular method for transferring files to different locations. Almost all platforms support FTP. FTP is efficient, reliable and easy-to-use. It can be used to transfer very large files / folders. DriveHQ offers standard FTP features plus more advanced features at a very low cost.

  • Setup FTP Server

    To setup, configure and secure an FTP server is never easy. FTP server may pose serious security threat as you must open a lot of network ports; managing FTP accounts and set permission is also a headache. DriveHQ FTP server saves you time and money, you can set it up in just a few minutes.

  • FTP Server Hosting

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    You can backup files / folders to DriveHQ FTP server from any platforms. Files backed up to DriveHQ FTP server are secure and private. You can access these files using DriveHQ FTP, DriveHQ.com website or DriveHQ FileManager client software.

  • FTP Security Camera

    DriveHQ has launched a new FTP service optimized for security cameras / surveillance cameras. It is more efficient than traditional FTP service. It can automatically delete old images after certain days. It also includes a Camera Viewer feature which lets you play back old images or monitor the scene in real-time.

  • Online Backup

    DriveHQ Online Backup can replace your local backup solution. You can setup real-time backup tasks and scheduled backup tasks. It has a lot of features, such as incremental backup, backup locked files, file versioning, backup multiple PCs, backup servers, etc.

  • Offsite Data Backup

    You might have a very good backup solution in-house. However, in-house backup is inherently less secure / reliable than offsite backup. In case of major disasters, such as fire, flood, theft, virus, etc. both the source files and the backup files can be destroyed as they are in the same location. Offsite backup keeps your backup data in a different location, thus it is far more reliable.

  • Online Email Backup

    You can backup emails using either DriveHQ Online Backup or DriveHQ EmailManager. Using DriveHQ online backup, you can backup the entire Outlook PST files or other email data folder. Using DriveHQ EmailManager, it is far more efficient as it can incrementally backup emails and contacts one by one and it only backs up new emails.

  • Remote Backup

    In-house backup such as tape backup is not flexible. You can only backup your data when you are in the same location. DriveHQ Online Backup is different. You can backup / restore your files & folders from any remote locations. No backup device or media is required.

  • Business Backup

    You can automatically backup servers and databases in your company; employees can also backup their PCs, laptops and MACs. Using DriveHQ group account service, you can allocate storage space and download bytes to your sub-users. All sub-users are treated as premium users. They can access backed-up files online from anywhere.

  • Business Email Hosting

    Email service is very important to any business. There are a lot of free email hosting services; however, for business, you need something better. You don't have to pay a lot to setup Exchange server or limit yourself to webmail only. DriveHQ email service is designed for SMBs. It supports SMTP/POP3/IMAP4/webmail and custom domain. You can also create group accounts.


    SMTP is the standard protocol for sending emails; POP and IMAP are the standard protocols for retrieving emails. Most email client software (incl. Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express) supports SMTP, POP and IMAP. POP3 is usually used for downloading emails to local; IMAP can keep all emails on server and automatically sync local and remote email boxes. DriveHQ email server supports all 3 protocols.

  • Advanced Email Features

    DriveHQ email server supports SMTP,POP3 & IMAP4; it also supports SSL. It has advanced features such as: Auto Reply, Auto Forward, Mailing List, etc. It supports custom email domains and group account service. You can easily manage your email accounts online.

  • Outlook & Mobile Email

    DriveHQ email service can be accessed using almost any email client software / device, such as Outlook, Outlook Express, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile, etc. Emails can be kept on server so that you can download emails from multiple computers / devices. Using IMAP, you can also sync your local and remote emails.

  • Email Backup

    You can use DriveHQ Online Backup to backup emails. However, if you use Outlook / Outlook Express, then using DriveHQ EmailManager client software is much more efficient. You can drag-n-drop upload / download emails and contacts; you can setup automatic backup tasks to backup your emails and contacts to DriveHQ webmail.

  • Advanced Features

    DriveHQ offers a lot of high-end business features, such as Group Account service, custom domain web / email / FTP hosting, automatic folder synchronization, remote file sharing and collaboration.

  • Group Folder Sharing

    You can create folders in your own account, then share different folders to different users with different permissions. You can also share folders to sub-groups and contact groups and set different permissions. The same folder can also be shared again with different permissions. Thus, multiple users can collaborate online.

  • Folder Synchronization

    Using DriveHQ FileManager, you can select a folder and click on Synchronize to create a sync-ed folder. You can sync folders on different computers to the same remote folder, thus you can synchronize multiple computers. You can also sync folders of multiple users to the same group shared folder, thus you can sync folders of multiple users.

  • Mobile Applications

    DriveHQ service is available on all popular mobile platforms, incl. iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android and Windows Phone. Not only that, DriveHQ mobile application beats competitors' hands down!

  • White Label Service

    DriveHQ reseller platform makes it extremely easy to launch white label (i.e. private label) or co-branded service. A co-branded service can be launched in just a few hours. The cost is extremely low at only $50-500/year, which is about 10 times lower than our competitors'. Resellers can customize or localize the website, service prices and client software. DriveHQ also has other partnership / affiliate programs suitable for any size businesses.