November 11, 2010
SugarSync and Dropbox both perform a similar function: they both sync files between two computers by having a location in the cloud where files are stored and updated. What’s the difference between the two?
Both of them have some similar features:
- Files stored in the cloud
- Automatic upload and download of files
- You can work offline (off the internet), and when you get back online any changes will get synced
- Files are encrypted when transferred and stored
- Saves previous versions of documents
- Files can also be accessed through a web browser, if you’re not at your own computer
- Share files with others using permissions
- Mobile versions of software (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry) for access to files on the go
- Work on Windows and Mac
Here’s more info on each one.
Price: 5GB for free. Costs $5/month for up to 30GB of storage. $10/month for up to 60GB, $15/month for 100GB, and $25 for 250GB. Can also get custom plans over 250GB.
- Can sync any folders between computers (easiest if the folders have the same name)
- Can sync your iTunes or your iPhoto library; can even stream your music to your iPhone over the web
- They now have business accounts, where one admin can set up multiple desktop computers to sync
- They say you can store files of any size–haven’t tested this
- Can sync more than 250GB of data
- I find it is buggy–at times the folders that are supposed to sync get un-selected and syncing stops
- For some people, may be hard to remember which folders are syncing
Price: 2GB for free. $10/month for 50GB, $20/month for 100GB.
- Easy to figure out what is syncing
- Stored files are encrypted with AES-256 (as opposed to AES-128 which SugarSync uses)
- None of our clients have had the auto sync stop working, as some have with SugarSync
- Only syncs the files inside the Dropbox folder
- Can’t get a plan for more than 100GB of data