Mustafa Mustafa, Head of Technology. WWCS

Dropbox vs OneDrive: Whats the Difference?

 

 

In 2017 The NHS was hit with a Ransomware Cyber Attack which encrypted key elements of the NHS’s computer systems, costing the NHS £92 Million. Whether you work from home or run a billion-pound company £92 Million is not a small amount.  The NHS released a statement regarding the attack and have learnt their lesson but something else happened when the attack was reported, people began questioning the safety of there personal data. Documents, Photos, Music and even home videos could be vulnerable to these types of attacks, but not limited to a Ransomware attack, computers, tablets and mobile phones go missing or break down every day and just like that all those photos and videos of friends and family disappear in a flash. The solution? Cloud Storage.

 

Cloud storage is not something new, its been around for well over 10 years and although the ingredients of cloud storage has been the same the recipe has improved over the years.

Many companies have really come out and offered a cloud solution with competitive pricing but there has always been two that have stood out and claimed the top spot. Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.

 

Dropbox

 

Originally named Box.com Dropbox was founded in 2007 by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Back in 2007 they allowed all their users 2GB free storage and an increase of 50GB for £9.99 a month or a one of cost of £99.99 for the entire year. If we move forward to 2019 you will still get 2GB free but instead of 50GB for £9.99 a month you get a 2TB for the same price (2 terabytes is 2048GB), For an extra £6.99 you can upgrade to 3TB.

 

OneDrive

 

Originally named SkyDrive Like Dropbox Onedrive was founded in 2007 but by Microsoft. The price plan since OneDrive’s release has generally been the same over time. You could get 5GB for free, upgrade to 50GB for £1.99 a month or you could upgrade to there premium packages, 1TB would cost you £6.99 a month or 5TB for £9.99 a month.

 

 

What’s The difference?

 

Both Dropbox and OneDrive provide the same thing, a cloud storage solution that will backup any data you store in your Dropbox/OneDrive folder for safe keeping. If you have multiple devices you work on that’s not a problem either as you can put your Dropbox/OneDrive account on multiple machines and have the same data on each of those devices (these devices include Laptops, Mobile phones and Tablets). Now you may be thinking this is great, I just have to work out which one is cheaper and go for that, right? Well not really.  One of the big changes both Microsoft and Dropbox provided over the past 10 years (apart from storage) was the features you got with each subscription.

Subscription benefits

Comparisons between Dropbox and OneDrive

Final thoughts

 

When you lay out all the options and look at the prices of Dropbox and OneDrive you can see the pricing is very similar, however people are looking for more. Everyone is looking for the best deal they can get for their money, when you look at the added features OneDrive is clearly the winner having the office home and business software alone is worth it (the Retail price of home and business alone is £229.99).

 

However, Unlike Microsoft, Dropbox provide one system and one system only, Cloud storage. So Dropbox have really finetuned there cloud solution to give you the best cloud storage platform, but is that really good enough now? Dropbox have reached a glass sealing that Microsoft are very close too and have even looked at rewriting the way data is synced, with their on-demand downloading system this will really save you storage on which ever device you are using. Our winner: Microsoft OneDrive.