Cloud Document Sharing Outlets

Introduction

“The cloud” is one of the biggest buzzwords in today’s world of computers and the Internet. And rightly so — for it has become one of the most effective ways of saving and sharing documents online, with much valuable hard drive space being conserved. Described below are some of the major outlets for cloud document sharing.

DropBox

DropBox was initially released in September 2008. With it, users can create a special folder on each computer and have them synchronized so that whichever machine it is viewed on, it always appears to be the same folder. The founder of DropBox, an MIT student named Drew Houston, now the company’s CEO, felt that there was too much Internet latency and too many bugs in the file-sharing services that were available at that time. To make use of DropBox services, you open an account and get a certain amount of free storage space, beyond which, if you desire it, you must pay a regular subscription fee. No more than 300 megabytes, including the content of shared folders (to prevent one user from creating more than one account), can be stored on files uploaded on the Web. The number of people using DropBox reached the 100,000 mark at the end of last year.

Box Cloud

“Powerful collaboration for any business.” Such is the motto of Box Cloud, a service launched in 2005 that does everything it can to live up to that motto. The most attractive features of this service are that you do not need to use email or FTP client to share your files and that you can run your entire business from your iPad. A trillion bytes of data storage are available from Box, which is now used by over a hundred thousand businesses.

Egnyte

Egnyte was founded in 2006 and allows users to control where their files are stored, whether on Egnyte itself, Amazon S3, Azure or local storage, or even by means of hybrid storage. They can also access them from any place up to 25 times as fast as they could with any other outlet. Better still, there is none of the hassle that one often encounters elsewhere — holes in security, rogue providers, VPN hassles and so on. Nor is there the need for “granular permissions” at each folder level. Egnyte offers a true combination of control, scalability and security, and all activities can be centrally monitored with AD/LDAP integration.

SparkleShare

An article appeared in 2011 in the online computer magazine makeuseof.com that calls SparkleShare “a great open source alternative to DropBox.” It was written in response to those who had been encountering certain problems with the latter and were looking for a different cloud outlet for sharing their documents. SparkleShare is not really a website service in itself, but rather one with which the user can create a synchronization setup of his or her own by deploying the software. There is no need to rely on the services of any third party — the user has complete control over all of the data, all of the time.

Humyo

Humyo was founded in 2007 and had over 100,000 users within a year. Data on users is stored in what was once a bullion vault of the Bank of England! In 2010 it was moved to SafeSync, which has two versions — one for individuals and one for businesses. Sign up for free and you can “securely access, share, and sync company files from anywhere, at any time, from any device” — your business team can work “in harmony.” Using SafeSync to share files is better than using email for that purpose. In case your hard drive is hacked or data otherwise stolen, your data is still securely stored on SafeSync — those who work here have over twenty years of experience with security. You can get it as a 500-GB package that can be used to share with up to ten users for a 30-day free trial, or subscribe for a one- or two-year service with anywhere from two to a hundred users, each of whom has 50 GB of storage.

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