What are the differences? Which one is better?
If you follow technology at all, no doubt you have heard about iCloud, Apple’s recently unveiled cloud service. iCloud is positioned to compete with Google cloud for the mobile computing market. Since each company uses a fundamentally different approach to cloud computing, it helps to understand the differences.
The essential difference between the two cloud platforms is that iCloud is device focused, whereas Google Cloud is Internet focused. No big surprises there — Google is king of the Internet and Apple is has led the way in ingenious devices.
Google’s strategy is completely Internet based, which mean all your applications, documents, music, and data are stored on Google’s cloud servers and require Internet access, the faster the better. The problem is: What do you do if you don’t have reliable, high-speed Internet access? Google is taking small steps to make some critical apps available offline; however, it isn’t a main priority for Google.
Apple’s iCloud puts their devices at the center of the cloud, which means all your data, apps, music, documents, etc. will be accessible in the same format on every device. No need to manage data and apps on each separate device, that is done in the iCloud. You still have access to your data offline. Essentially, iCloud syncs all data and media files from the user’s computer and mobile devices up to a personalized central repository. Then it syncs all that data and media back down to all of the user’s devices so that all devices have the same data — laptop, smartphone, tablet. Local copies of everything are still available, even when Internet access is not.
Google’s Cloud services leverage their strengths, ubiquitous Internet presence. Apple’s iCloud leverages theirs, clever devices. Both expand the mobile computing experience. And neither are the only cloud platform out there. The debate continues about which philosophy is best. Ultimately, it will be up to the end user to decide which platform works best for their work and lifestyle.
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