Comparative Analysis of Cloud Storage Technology
Today, the world is going through cutthroat competition in all spheres of the market fueled by innovations leading to the generation of a huge amount of data and the growing need for more secure and reliable storage providers.
In this article, we will compare the three giants in the Cloud Storage Industry, Digiboxx, Alibaba object cloud storage, and Amazon AWS. All three companies represent a different economy and hail from India, China, and the United States of America respectively.
Digiboxx is an Indian tech startup and is India’s first cloud storage company, founded by Arnab Mitra, Ashish Jalan, and Vivek Suchanti with Arnab Mitra being the chief executive officer. Arnab Mitra also happens to be the MD of LQVD ASIA, a Digital Marketing Agency, in collaboration with the concept group.
Its user-friendly interface caters to the growing need of individuals, enterprises, and large-scale businesses. It claims to be secure, accessible, and have various features
AMAZON WEB SERVICES CLOUD STORAGE (AWS):
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud service provider around the world offering various featured services from data centers globally. fast-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. It is one of the most profitable businesses of Amazon and provides a secure cloud services platform and offers database storage and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Some of the features of AWS are
● Storing files on the cloud to access anytime
● Sending bulk emails to customers
● Using a content delivery network (CDN) to deliver dynamic and static files around the world.
ALIBABA CLOUD OBJECT STORAGE SERVICE OR ALIYUN:
Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS), also known as Aliyun, is a cloud computing company, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. It is the largest cloud storage company in China according to Gartner. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services to various online businesses and also to Alibaba’s e-commerce ecosystem. With guaranteed durability of 99.9999999999%, Alibaba claims to be a secure, encrypted, cost-effective company that allows you to store, back up, and
archive large amounts of data in the cloud. Alibaba Cloud offers cloud services that are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, and include Elastic Compute, Data Storage, Relational Databases, Big-Data Processing, Anti-DDoS protection, and Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Alibaba Cloud operates data centers in 24 regions and 74 availability zones around the globe. As of June 2017, Alibaba Cloud is placed in the Visionaries quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide.
REVENUE SHARE IN PARENT COMPANY:
Amazon Web services (AWS) is one of amazon’s various businesses which were started in the year 2006 .by offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services which further developed to be known as cloud.
As explained by the following graph we can see the revenue share of AWS in the total revenue of the company.
AWS contributed $25.655 billion that is 11% of total revenue in 2018 and $35.026 billion that is 12% of total revenue and $45.370 billion that is again around 12% of total revenue. It grew by 32% year-over-year from $10.23 billion in 2020 Q1.
AWS is one of Amazon’s big businesses generating 45 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 net sales, up from 35 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.
“Alibaba achieved a historic milestone of one billion annual active consumers globally in the fiscal year ended March 2021,” said Daniel Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. Founded in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud has emerged to be China’s largest cloud storage provider also known by the name of Aliyun. As explained by the following graph we can see the revenue share of Alibaba cloud in the total revenue of the company
Alibaba cloud contributed $36.50 billion that is around 6% of total revenue in 2019 and $57.00 billion that is 7% of total revenue and $89.70 billion that is again around 8% of total revenue.
Digiboxx offers both a free as well as a paid version for individual users. The free version of the service offers up to 20GB of space of storage and the maximum file size which can be uploaded is 2GB but it is only limited to individual users.
The paid version however starts at an affordable Rs 30 per month and offers up to 2TB storage space and the maximum file size which can be uploaded is 10GB.
For SMB’s the pricing starts from inr999 monthly up to 25TBspace and a maximum 10 GB file size and post that there is a customized solution with no maximum file size and unlimited external collaborators
Check detailed pricing and features below:
AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS):
AWS uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model for over 160 cloud services
With AWS you pay only for what you use like in our day-to-day lives we pay only for the amount of water we use similarly with AWS. There are no extra costs and payment is to be made according to usage. FOR EXAMPLE: If you use 100 TB of data per month you have to pay approximately USD 125.00 File gateway
fee (monthly) And Data transfer cost of 10,035.11 USD (monthly)
Other features of the AWS pricing model are
SAVE WHEN YOU COMMIT
AWS also offers Savings Plans for savings over On-Demand in exchange for a prior commitment to using a specific amount of cloud storage for a specified period. PAYLESS USE MORE
With this feature, discounts can be taken based on the volume of use. It is beneficial when we know that usage is going to increase and how to save from there.
In Alibaba, OSS fees are calculated based on the amount of data storage used and the number of API requests made. Capacity costs are $0.0185per GB monthly with downstream data transfer fees starting at$0.076 per GB with free upstream. Max Compute records the volume of data stored in each project on an hourly basis and then calculates the average volume of data stored for the day. The storage fee is equal to the average volume of data stored multiplied by the unit price.
The following table describes the billing rules for data stored in a
≤ 1 GB
> 1 GB
USD 0.0006 per GB per day
For example, if the daily average data volume of a project is 10 TB, the daily storage fee is calculated by using the following formula:
(10240 – 1) GB × USD 0.0006 per GB per day
= USD 6.1434 per day
So, if we compare it to 100TB monthly the cost would be
USD 6.1434 *10(CONVERTING TO 100TB) * 30 = USD 1843.02AWS
Data Centers for Digiboxx adhere to the Indian IT laws and are locally stored in data centers in India. Data uploaded to Digiboxx’s cloud is stored at Rack Bank Data Centers in Madhya Pradesh in India.
AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS)
Data centers are firstly segregated based on the region. Users need to choose the region where they want their data to be stored. AWS has its data centers located in multiple geographic Regions, including Regions in North America, South America, Europe, China, Asia Pacific, South Africa, and the Middle East. Then there are Edge locations. These are AWS data centers designed to deliver services with the lowest latency possible. These centers are closer to the regions and are spread all across
Edge locations – Ashburn, VA; Atlanta GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Hayward, CA; Hillsboro, OR; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Montreal, QC; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Palo Alto, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Philadelphia, PA; Querétaro, MX; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; South Bend, IN; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC
Then there are Local Zones that provide you the ability to place your resources closer to your end-users in multiple locations.AWS Local Zones – Los Angeles, Boston, Houston,
Alibaba Cloud has its data center located in 24 regions globally, including China North, China South, China East, US West, US East, Europe, United Kingdom, Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia.
Claims on its website that some of the biggest enterprises using its services hail from the following industries:
● Ad agencies
● Food & Beverages
AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS):
According to Amazon, the number of active AWS users exceeds 1,000,000.AWS user base consists mostly of small and mid-size companies but also technology giants, television networks, banks, food manufacturers or governments, and many different organizations use AWS.
Here are the names that are on record publicly as using AWS:
Aon, Adobe, Airbnb, Alcatel-Lucent, AOL, Acquia, AdRoll, AEG, Alert Logic, Autodesk, Bitdefender, BMW, British Gas, Baidu, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Canon, Capital One, Channel 4, Chef, Citrix, Coinbase, Comcast, Coursera, Disney, Docker, Dow Jones, European Space Agency, ESPN, Expedia, Financial Times, FINRA, General Electric, GoSquared, Guardian News & Media, Harvard Medical School, Hearst Corporation, Hitachi, HTC, IMDb, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, International Civil Aviation Organization, ITV, iZettle, Johnson & Johnson, JustGiving, JWT, Kaplan, Kellogg’s, Lamborghini, Lonely Planet, Lyft, Made.com, McDonald’s, NASA, NASDAQ OMX, National Rail Enquiries, National Trust, Netflix, News International, News UK, Nokia, Nordstrom, Novartis, Pfizer, Philips, Pinterest, Qantas, Reddit, Sage, Samsung, SAP, Schneider Electric, Scribd, Securitas Direct, Siemens, Slack, Sony, SoundCloud, Spotify, Square Enix, Tata
Motors, The Weather Company, Twitch, Turner Broadasting, Ticketmaster, Time Inc., Trainline, Ubisoft, UCAS, Unilever, US Department of State, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, UK Ministry of Justice, Vodafone Italy, WeTransfer, WIX, Xiaomi, Yelp, Zynga and Zillow.
As per Alibaba, around 361 companies use Alibaba cloud. Their user base is mostly situated in the united states and the computer software industry.
The companies using Alibaba cloud most have an employee base of more than 10000
employees and a revenue of more than 1000m dollars. Some companies using Alibaba cloud are Google. inc,Gartner.inc, and VMware.inc.
Based on the information available about these companies, one thing can be ascertained. Even if their data centers are spread across the world to suit each country’s data laws, they have all adopted the technology of yesterday, centralized storage, which has time and again shown us its flaws regardless of innovations in the field. Regardless of how strong you make a traditional lock and key, it would never compete with the likes of an advanced home security system that uses cameras, fingerprints, and encryption to unlock itself. Similarly, regardless of how advanced we make traditional centralized storage solutions, it would never compete with the likes of the future of storage, which is decentralized.