Comparisons

Service Price Comparison in Real-World Scenarios

The chart below compares the service prices in some real-world scenarios. Please note that the scenarios will not necessarily reflect the literal price you will receive with DriveHQ. For details on our listed pricing, please see our Pricing Page

Scenario DriveHQ Dropbox Carbonite Box Egnyte Google Drive
Consumer or Home Business
A consumer or home business looking for the lowest price and best features include:
  • Map cloud drive.
  • Backup multiple PCs and mobile devices.
  • Create sub-users for family members or employees.
  • Client-side data encryption, privacy and security.

See how much DriveHQ can save consumers!

DriveHQ
Dropbox
Carbonite
Box
Egnyte
Google Drive
Can all the requirements be met?
Includes web-based file storage, no online backup, no drive mapping.
Only supports online backup.
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup. Drive mapping seems to be available, but is not officially supported on PC.
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup. More importantly, they only offer business plans that start at $480/year!
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup and no drive mapping.
Price for the entry level plan
$19.99
For a consumer plan at $19.99/year, you get most of DriveHQ's enterprise service features. There is no limit on computer licenses, and you can even create a sub-user for free. You can consolidate multiple services and save big.

A typical home user may only have about 1,000 - 5,000 image, music, video and document files. The total space needed is about 2GB to 11GB. The price will be from $19.99/year, $39.99/year, $59.99/year to $99.99/year.
$99
If you need more than 2GB, Dropbox wants you to pay $99/year. It does not matter that you probably only need 3GB.

Dropbox's storage space is somewhat misleading:
(1) You cannot offload your data to the cloud because it will sync the cloud with all of your computers. If you have multiple computers, Dropbox wastes a lot of storage space on each of your computer. With DriveHQ, you can access your cloud storage like a local drive without having to sync files.
(2) If your friend shares a 10GB folder to you, it will use 10GB of your storage space!
If you share a 10GB folder with 10 friends, then all 10 users will be charged with the additional 10GB storage space. With DriveHQ, your friends don't need any storage space to access your shared folder.
$59.99-149.99 /computer
Carbonite home plans charge per computer. So your price will be 3 times more expensive if you have 3 computers!
$120
The free service offers 10GB storage space, but with plenty of restrictions (e.g. max file size is only 250MB). If you need to backup / transfer a large video file, software installer file, or Outlook PST file, it will not work. The lowest plan is priced at $10/month.
N/A
Egnyte charges $8/user/month with a mimimum 5 user licenses. The lowest plan is priced at $480/year. If you have more than 25 employees, the price will be even more expensive at $15/user/month!
$59.88
Google already offers 15GB storage free to personal users only. Whether you want to pay for it has more to do with the service features and if you have privacy concerns about Google.

Google Drive's storage space is somewhat misleading: (1) It is tightly integrated with Google Apps. If you don't use Google Apps (if you use MS Office), then Google Drive is less useful.

(2) You cannot offload your data to the cloud because it will sync the cloud with all of your computers. If you have multiple computers, it wastes a lot of storage space on each of your computer. With DriveHQ, you can access your cloud storage like a local drive without having to sync.
Price for 10GB and 6 users
$129.98
You actually receive 11GB of storage space, 6 sub-user licenses and 1 main account.
$920
You can choose Dropbox Pro for $594/year, but it lacks many business features. The business plans started with 5 user licenses at $900/year, plus $180/user/year for each additional user license.
$229.99
This plan does not support server backup. If server backup is needed, the price would be $599.99/year.
$360
$5/user/month for a max of 10 user licenses. More user licenses will hike the price to $15/user/month. Many feature restrictions (max file size is limited to only 2GB).

Most strangely, it does not even include user management feature!
$576
$8/user/month for a max of 24 employees. More employees will hike the price to $15/user/month. Some feature restrictions (such as max file size limited to only 2.5GB).
$300
$50/user/year.
Price for 50GB and 11 users
$400
You actually receive 51GB of storage space, 11 sub-user licenses and 1 main account.
$1,645
You can choose Dropbox Pro for $1,089/year, but it lacks many business features. The business plans started with 5 user licenses at $900/year, plus $180/user/year for each additional user license.
$599.99
$1,980
$5/user/month for a max of 10 user licenses. More user licenses will hike the price to $15/user/month. Many feature restrictions, e.g. max file size is limited to only 2GB.

Most strangely, it does not even include a user management feature! Even using the lowest ($5/user/month) plan, Box price would be $660/year.
$1,056
$8/user/month for a max of 24 employees. More employees will hike the price to $15/user/month. Some feature restrictions, e.g. max file size is limited to only 2.5GB.
$550
$50/user/year.
Small Business
A small business that needs to:
  • Store files in the cloud.
  • share files among employees.
  • Map cloud drive.
  • Backup multiple computers and servers.

See how much DriveHQ can save small businesses!

DriveHQ
Dropbox
Carbonite
Box
Egnyte
Google Drive
Can all the requirements be met?
Includes web-based file storage and simple file sharing, no online backup, no drive mapping and no advanced file sharing with fine granular access control.
Only supports online backup.
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup; drive mapping seems to be available, but is not officially supported on PC.
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup.
Includes file sharing & web-based file storage, no online backup and no drive mapping.
Price for 1TB and 20 users
$1,720
DriveHQ offers additional discount to customers migrating from other services. We also offer discounts to NPOs, Schools, Government offices and resellers. Please contact DriveHQ sales for more details.
$3,600
Dropbox charges $900/year for the first 5 users, and $180/user/year for each additional user.

Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 1TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
$1,156
Requires business premier plan.
$3,600
It includes 1TB storage space.
$1,920 - 3,600
Egnyte seems to be one of the most expensive services. The user license cost increases dramatically from $96/user/year to $180/user/year when you have more than 25 employees!

Because Egnyte offers a hybrid solution that requires local hardware support, so the actual cost could be higher. DriveHQ can also offer hybrid solution, but we don't require any special hardware.
$1,420
Storage space: 400GB at $35 * 12/year + 20 user licenses at $1,000/year, incl. 600GB.
Price for 2TB and 40 users
$2,640
DriveHQ offers additional discount to customers migrating from other services. We also offer discounts to NPOs, Schools, Government offices and resellers. Please contact DriveHQ sales for more details.
$7,200
Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 2TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
$2,156
$7,200/year + 1TB storage price
It includes 1TB storage space only. Additional storage price is not listed online.
$7,200
It includes 2TB storage space.

Because Egnyte offers a hybrid solution that requires local hardware support, so the actual cost could be higher. DriveHQ can also offer hybrid solution, but we don't require any special hardware.
$2,840
Storage space: 800GB at $70 * 12/year + 40 user licenses at $2,000/year, incl. 1,200GB.
Price for 4TB and 80 users
$4,000
DriveHQ offers additional discount to customers migrating from other services. We also offer discounts to NPOs, Schools, Government offices and resellers. Please contact DriveHQ sales for more details.
$14,400
Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 4TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
$4,199
$14,400 + 3TB storage price
It includes 1TB storage space only. Additional storage price is not listed online.
$17,400
$14,400/year (user licenses) + $29,99.98/year (storage). It includes 2TB storage space.

Because Egnyte offers a hybrid solution that requires local hardware support, so the actual cost could be higher. DriveHQ can also offer hybrid solution, but we don't require any special hardware.
$5,680
Storage space: 1,600GB at $140 * 12/year + 80 user licenses at $4000/year, incl. 2400GB.
Medium-sized Business
A medium-sized business that needs to:
  • Share files among employees and clients.
  • Set different folder permissions.
  • Backup multiple computers and servers.
  • Host FTP site with custom domain name.

See how much DriveHQ can save medium-sized businesses!

DriveHQ
Dropbox
Carbonite
Box
Egnyte
Google Drive
Can all the requirements be met?
Includes web-based file storage and simple file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting, or advanced file sharing with fine granular access control.
Can only support online backup.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting is not very clear.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting is not very clear.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup or FTP hosting.
Price for 5TB and 100 users
$4,600
DriveHQ offers additional discount to customers migrating from other services. We also offer discounts to NPOs, Schools, Government offices and resellers. Please contact DriveHQ sales for more details.
$18,000
Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 5TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
$5,255
Price calculated on Carbonite website using 500GB + 4,620GB as the total storage space.
$18,000 + 4TB storage price
It includes 1TB storage space only. Additional storage price is not listed online.
$23,400
$18,000/year (user licenses) + $5,399.88/year (storage). It includes 2TB storage space. So it requires an additional 4TB plan. (There is no 3TB plan)

Because Egnyte offers a hybrid solution that requires local hardware support, the actual cost could be higher. DriveHQ can also offer hybrid solution, but we don't require any special hardware.
$7,100
Storage space: 2TB at $175 * 12/year + 100 user licenses at $5,000/year, incl. 3TB.
Price for 10TB and 200 users
$8,200
DriveHQ offers additional discount to customers migrating from other services. We also offer discounts to NPOs, Schools, Government offices and resellers. Please contact DriveHQ sales for more details.
$36,000
Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 10TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
$10,355
$36,000 + 9TB storage price
It includes 1TB storage space only. Additional storage price is not listed online.
N/A (need to call)
$14,200
Storage space: 4TB at $350 * 12/year + 200 user licenses at $10,000/year, incl. 6TB.
Price for 20TB and 400 users
$15,400
$72,000
Note: We assume Dropbox offers at least 20TB of storage space - which may or may not be true. Dropbox does not list its storage price. Since it uses Amazon S3 as its storage provider (and S3 charges storage space, download bytes and server requests), it is unlikely that Dropbox can offer unlimited storage. The term is vague: "as much as needed." Obviously, if you only order 5 user licenses, you won't get unlimited storage.
N/A
Not sure if Carbonite can support the storage size. Their price calculator only supports 12,500GB max storage space.
$72,000 + 19TB storage price
It includes 1TB storage space only. Additional storage price is not listed online.
N/A (Need to call)
$28,400
Storage space: 8TB at $700 * 12/year + 400 user licenses at $20,000/year, incl. 12TB.
Large Enterprise / University
A large enterprise / university that needs to:
  • Share files among employees and clients.
  • Map cloud drives.
  • Backup multiple computers & servers.
  • Host FTP site with custom domain name.
  • Customize the website and integrate with Active Directory / SSO

See how much DriveHQ can save large enterprises!

DriveHQ
Dropbox
Carbonite
Box
Egnyte
Google Drive
Can all the requirements be met?
Includes web-based file storage and simple file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting, drive mapping, and no advanced file sharing with fine granular access control. Requires 3rd party service for Active Directory integration.
Only supports Online Backup.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup, no official WebDAV drive mapping support on PC, and FTP hosting is not very clear. Requires 3rd party service for Active Directory integration.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting is not very clear. Requires 3rd party service for Active Directory integration.
Includes web-based file storage and file sharing. No online backup, FTP hosting, or drive mapping.
Price for each user
$6
$180
N/A
$180
$96 - $180
$50
Price for each 1TB (over 10TB)
$890 – $590
Not published
$999
Not published
Not published
For smaller amount of storage space up to 4TB, their listed prices are as follows:
1TB: $129.99/month; 2TB: $249.99/month; 4TB: $449.99/month.
$1,068
Price for 50TB and 1,000 users $34,900 $180,000 N/A $180,000+?
In addition to user licenses, Box also charges for the storage space. The storage price is not listed online.
$180,000+?
In addition to user licenses, Egnyte also charges for the storage space. The storage price is not listed online.
For smaller amount of storage space up to 4TB, their listed prices are as follows:
1TB: $129.99/month; 2TB: $249.99/month; 4TB: $449.99/month.
$71,360
Storage space: 20TB at $1068/year + 1000 user licenses at $50,000/year, incl. 30TB.

Compare with Amazon Web Service (AWS, or S3 and EC2)

Features DriveHQ Amazon
Virtual Machine
Cloud Storage
Ready-to-use Business Cloud Services
Ready-to-use FTP Server
Ready-to-use Email Server
Ready-to-use Static Web Server
Ready-to-use WebDAV Server
Automatic Online File and Email Backup Software
Explorer-like File Management Software
Automatic Synchronization Software
File Sharing & Collaboration
ACL-based Folder Access Control
Group, Sub-group and Contact Group
Price Comparison
Cost Comparison & Analysis Plan-based, bundled with Cloud IT features that includes raw storage, bandwidth, server requests and advanced features. Raw Cloud Storage,
Raw Virtual Machine,
Raw Bandwidth,
Raw Requests
Raw Cloud Storage Price
+ Raw bandwidth
+ Raw Request Price
DriveHQ bundles raw storage, bandwidth, and server requests with advanced features. The prices below do not include the initial charge for plans below 10TB. AWS can offer potentially more flexible or even more advanced features; but it requires technical expertise.
5 TB Storage
+ 2.5 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$333/month (based on annual service) $450/month + $x/month
10 TB storage
+ 5 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$583/month $900/month + $x/month
20 TB Storage
+ 10 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$1,083/month $1,300/month + $x/month
50 TB Storage
+ 25 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$2,500/month $4,475/month + $x/month
500 TB
+ 250 TB/month download bytes
+ x server requests
$ 25,000/month $31,300/month + $x/month

We at DriveHQ take every possible effort to ensure that the information provided in the above comparison chart is accurate. If you feel for any reason that there is any misrepresented information we ask you to bring it to the attention or our staff by emailing feedback@drivehq.com