Cloud Storage Comparisons

Existing Cloud Storages suffer from:

  1. Single Point of Failure
    The Cloud Provider itself.

  2. Slow Performance
    Remote data over slow network.

Apple iCloud

Apple uses different encryption for different data, the most important personal data (e.g. contacts and mails) are NOT encrypted end-to-end:

Although some like Messages are encrypted end-to-end, the private key for that end-to-end encryption is backed up on iCloud Backup - invalidating the whole point of end-to-end backup.

Use of biometrics (e.g. Face ID, Touch ID) to provide access to end-to-end encryption is also problematic:

  1. They are difficult if not impossible to change if stolen.
  2. They can be obtain quickly by force - pushing you hand on to your phone or face in front of your phone.

Drop Box

You owned drop boxes are so much better than www.dropbox.com

In this comparison we will use the free bundled File Sender software that is included in all Infinite Disk deployment

Better Redundancy

Dropbox Business uses Amazon Availability Zones for redundancy which can have 3 copies of user data for redundancy, although still not as good as Infinite Disk redundancy.

Dropbox's major redundancy problem is it metadata being store in ONE site.

With Dropbox, data is lost when that ONE site goes down.

Infinite Disk uses "parity" instead of "copies" for data protection across multiple sites. For example, your data can be spread across SEVEN sites (4 sites with data and 3 sites with parities - 75% redundant data), data is lost only if FOUR sites are gone. Thus Infinite Disk needs less redundant data yet allows more sites to fail.

An Infinite Disk site is a computing location that has independent power, cooling, networking, security and ownership.

Dropbox Reference:
Shared_Responsibility_Guide.pdf (409.8 KB)

Better Privacy

Dropbox and unknowns CAN access, store, and scan Your Stuff.

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Better Security

Dropbox does not provide end to end encryption as part of its service.

If you do not go through the messy process of encrypting your data yourself before hand, Dropbox can see your data.

On top of Infinite Disk's own on disk encryption, its Universal Folder allows ANY end-to-end encryption applications, to run on top immediately and seamlessly.

Better Capacity

Dropbox maximum transfer is 250GB, Infinite Disk can use ANY solution immediately while the free bundled Send solution based on open sourced File Sender can send one terabyte files and counting ...

Amazon Elastic

Amazon Elastic uses the concept of Zones (which contains data centres) and Region (which contains zones) for redundancy:

An Amazon zone is a computing location that has independent power, cooling and security.

  • One Zone Storage - 1 zone (2 copies - 200% redundant data)
    Data Lost if ONE zone gone
  • Multiple Zone Storage - 3 zones (2 copies - 200% redundant data)
    Data Lost if THREE zones gone

A Infinite Disk site is a computing location that has independent power, cooling, networking, security and ownership.

Infinite Disk uses "parity" instead of "copies" for data protection across SEVEN sites.

  • Single Storage - SEVEN sites (3 parities - 75% redundant data)
    Data Lost if FOUR sites gone

Infinite Disk needs less redundant data yet allows more sites to fail.

SFTPGo

SFTPGo is like a lot of service providers that simple resells cloud storage (e.g. s3) by offering SFTP service on top at marked up price.

Since companies do not have their own infrastructure they inherit all the cloud problems from high cost to performance to privacy.

Open Source Alternatives enhanced by Infinite Disk to achieve superior cost, reliability, security, performance, capacity:

  1. SFTPGo (bundled with Infinite Disk)
    GitHub - drakkan/sftpgo: Fully featured and highly configurable SFTP server with optional HTTP/S, FTP/S and WebDAV support - S3, Google Cloud Storage, Azure Blob

  2. MySecureShell (tested OK with Infinite Disk)
    GitHub - mysecureshell/mysecureshell: MySecureShell