Launched in March 2011, Amazon Drive is a personal cloud storage service offered by Amazon. With this platform, users can store any type of content including multimedia files in the cloud. The e-commerce giant offers 5GB of free storage. The solution further provides free and unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime members.
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Meeting the needs of individuals
Became indispensable to companies, Cloud storage is also becoming increasingly useful for individuals. The need to access dematerialized files is now part of an increasingly connected everyday life.
Reasons why cloud storage is proving to be just as essential for individuals. Amazon has understood the potential of the market. And to impose itself against its competitors, among which is DropboxIn order to compete with its rivals, including Dropbox, the e-commerce giant relies on economical, accessible and functional offers.
The cloud is presented as a data management solution that allows store, backup or share data. And this, from any media connected to the Internet (Windows / macOS / Android / iOS).
The user will therefore no longer have to store a quantity of files on their computer, tablet or smartphone in order to access and/or share them. The use of the cloud also allows to protect data against possible physical damage.
Amazon Drive: a consumer cloud storage solution
Amazon Drive is a free cloud storage tool accessible with an Amazon account. This consumer-oriented solution allows users to save documents, photos, videos and more in the cloud and access them from any device.
A practical tool
Early versions of Amazon Drive (back when the solution was still known as Amazon Cloud Drive) were very basic. The solution didn’t offer the sync feature to users, which is no longer the case.
The tool now includes a fast file synchronization as well as a selective saving. The user can also easily share content by generating a link for the files or folders to be sent.
However, users deplore the lack of certain features, particularly in terms of the security of shared content. Amazon Drive does not allow you to secure files with a password.
The granting of read or write rights is also unavailable. But as part of the improvements made, Amazon Drive now allows the automatic upload of photos from mobile devices.
An easy-to-use interface
The home interface displays several tabs that correspond to as many features of Amazon Drive. The “Backup” tab allows for synchronization and selective backup. With the latter, the user can select the folder to be saved to their hard drive or any media of their choice.
To download a file or folder, the user will simply use the “download” button. It is also possible to create folders and drag files into them from the user interface.
The “Shared” tab provides an overview of the content shared via Amazon Drive. Finally, the “Recycle Bin” allows you to recover deleted files within 30 days.
Amazon Drive: a cost-effective option
Amazon Drive is making its mark on the market with competitive offerings with its 5GB of free storage. You only need an Amazon account to benefit from this. Amazon also offers a Unlimited photo storage for its Prime customers.
For those who want additional storage space, Amazon Drive offers several subscription plans. Packages are available from 100GB for £1.99/month or £19.99/year. A yearly subscription allows you to save up to 16%.
Beyond that, offers are available in 1TB increments. For example, for 1TB, you need to pay €9.99/month or €99.99/year. For 2 TB, the user will be charged 19.99 euros/month or 199.98 euros/year. A 6 TB storage costs 599.94 euros/year.
Amazon Drive for photo storage and management
Amazon Drive supports most common file formats (PDF, DOCX, ZIP …) and multimedia (JPEG, PNG, MP4 …). For photo management, Amazon Drive offers basic functionality. In other words, storage, sharing and previewing.
You should subscribe to Amazon Photo to get more options like editing photos. And thanks to the artificial intelligence developed by AWS, the tool can search for photos by person or object but also by place or year.
With this technology, users will also have the ability to easily create photo/video albums and galleries. And the feedback on this point is generally positive. In some ways, Amazon Photos seems to be a component of Amazon Drive. In fact, a certain coexistence between the two tools is confusing to many.
Amazon Drive: what about security?
If the platform seduces by its practicality and accessibility, security is unfortunately lacking. Users can lock down their account with two-factor authentication.
But files are not encrypted when downloaded. Users must use a third-party encryption service before downloading to ensure the security of their data
What little information on security the company has mentioned relates to data transfer, for example. The e-commerce giant claims use SSL to protect data transfers between clients and servers.
In its current version, the level of data security on Amazon Drive seems to be far from those of its competitors. Moreover, the latter capitalize on this aspect (security and confidentiality of data) to sell their products.
It seems that the retail giant relies on the high level of security of its data centers to protect users’ data. Indeed, the Amazon Drive cloud uses the same server network that the company uses for Amazon S3 and its own internal data.
24/7 support available
If needed, Amazon Drive users can access theonline support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, it is important to know that Amazon’s call center handles all the services offered by the company: e-commerce, Amazon Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Drive … The customer service sometimes provides very generalized answers to the problems mentioned.
But for most users, the lack of security Still remains the main drawback of Amazon Drive. Nevertheless, the company has repeatedly demonstrated the evolution of the service.
Thus, improved security could be part of the changes for future releases.