Monday, April 1, 2013

Amazon Turns Cloud Drive Into a Dropbox Rival

Jon Brodkin:

Like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft’s SkyDrive, the Cloud Drive desktop application (download it here) creates a new folder in your file manager. The desktop application supports all Windows versions from XP to 8 and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8.

The application requires Java.

Pros: Cheaper than Dropbox for high capacities, no Finder haxie, doesn’t require admin privileges.

Cons: No file history, no API that I could find, more limited sharing features, no compelling advantages at the free tier.

Update (2013-04-02): I did some testing, and it appears to discard Finder labels and extended attributes.

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Isn't Dropbox built on top of Amazon AWS? If so, that seems potrntially awkward.

"Isn't Dropbox built on top of Amazon AWS? If so, that seems potrntially awkward."

Everything is built on top of Amazon AWS, and it hasn't seemed to be a problem yet. For example, Netflix competes with Amazon Prime video, yet it doesn't seem awkward for Netflix to be built on top of Amazon AWS.

Unlike pretty much everyone else in the tech space, Amazon seems to conduct its AWS business with a sense of ethics. They seem to understand that their infrastructure business must be like Caesar's wife - aka above suspicion. Otherwise it won't thrive long-term in the way they seek.

@Chucky I agree, although Amazon is at a competitive advantage since they decrease S3’s prices at a slower rate than their costs are decreasing. Eventually this may lead to a very large difference.