When comparing Arq vs Google Cloud Storage, the Slant community recommends Arq for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud backup services?” Arq is ranked 4th while Google Cloud Storage is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Arq is:
No privacy concerns.
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Pro Only you know the encryption password
No privacy concerns.
Amazon services offer solutions with almost 100% durability and 99.99% availability. Even if the system loses data-centers, you will still be able to access your files.
Pro Can store data directly in a variety of cloud storage providers
Arq is client-side software that runs on your computer and talks directly to generic cloud data storage providers. No third-party service in the middle means lower costs, better reliability, lower risk of a service ceasing to operate, ease of migration to other storage targets.
- Amazon Glacier and/or S3
- Google Cloud Storage
- S3-Compatible Server
- SFTP Server
Pro Open document format backups
Unlike other backup programs that store data in proprietary formats, Arq stores them in an open document format allowing for easy viewing.
Pro Cheap (about $0.01/GB/Month)
Same price a Google Drive, but more flexible as you pay for what you use (Google Drive you have to jump from 100 MB to 1 TB for example). Also supports larger backups.
Pro Optionally supports versioning
Versioning can be enabled at no extra cost so you may retrieve older versions or deleted files.
Pro Works with duplicity
duplicity allows to encrypt data locally using GPG and it supports Google Cloud Storage.
Pro Can be shared with other people
Via the Google Cloud Platform or their CLI tool, you can create publicly accessible URLs to parts of your data.
Con Complicated setup
When it comes to ease of use most cloud backup service are pretty easy as it is just one signup, with Arc you need to download install and activate it to then register for an Amazon account, this extra step may be troublesome to some people or just annoying.