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Everything you need to know about cloud-based file sharing

Cloud-based file sharing is quickly gaining in popularity. Learn about the technology's strengths and weaknesses, and whether or not cloud file sharing can replace data backup.

Whether cloud-based file sharing is used as an alternative to backup solutions or by small- and medium-sized businesses...

(SMBs) that want to give employees flexibility in their file accessibility, it's clear the technology is gaining traction as a business tool. Dozens of vendors have cropped up with cloud-based document sharing or file sharing in the cloud products geared toward customers ranging from individuals to organizations with 10,000-plus employees.

In this round-up of content, listen to podcasts with expert analysts Terri McClure and Jeff Boles about the strengths and weaknesses associated with cloud-based file sharing, get advice from veteran storage analyst Lauren Whitehouse on whether or not cloud file sharing can replace data backup, and check out senior news writer Sonia Lelii's reporting on the newest file sharing offer from Egnyte.

Cloud-based file sharing lets companies work without VPNs or file servers

While many companies originally turned to cloud file sharing to help their employees access files remotely from smartphones and tablets, they've discovered that many online services -- like Box, Dropbox, Egnyte and SugarSync -- can actually replace the on-premises file servers they currently host. This added benefit also reduces virtual private network (VPN) costs, although it does add a bit of complexity in requiring IT pros to manage files stored outside of an internal data center. In this feature, learn more about the pros and cons of file sharing in the cloud.

IT professionals turn to document sharing in the cloud

Rachel Kossman, assistant site editor, and Terri McClure, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, discuss the merits of cloud-based document sharing in this podcast. Learn why cloud document sharing differs from cloud archiving and cloud backup, what the popular solutions are, as well as the challenges associated with traditional document sharing. In addition, listen to McClure explain how both SMBs, as well as large businesses, can benefit from cloud document sharing.

Will file syncing to the cloud become the next best backup option?

File-syncing platforms have become a more prominent solution for the 21st century workplace: Employees who work remotely, at home or on the go, must access their files from a myriad of devices ranging from an at-home desktop to their Android phone or iPad. But just because these solutions exist as a medium for file syncing in the cloud, does that make them a valuable backup option? In her column, originally produced for Storage magazine, Lauren Whitehouse explores the merits, and dangers, of this possibility.

Egnyte, a cloud-based file sharing option, utilizes object storage

Cloud-based file share company Egnyte Inc. has launched Egnyte HybridCloud File Sharing for the Enterprise. The product lets as many as 10,000 users concurrently access the file sharing system and allows companies to scale up to 1 billion files per account. In this news coverage from, learn about the Egnyte cloud file share option and why it's part of a quickly growing selection of online file sharing companies.

The benefits and weaknesses of file storage in the cloud

For organizations hesitant to switch to a cloud-based primary storage option, or those wary of cloud backup or archiving, cloud file storage is a perfect test medium. In this podcast, Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director at Taneja Group, explains which environments would work well for cloud-based file storage and the added benefits cloud storage services offer over local file storage systems. Boles also details what type of back-end infrastructure data storage administrators should look for to ensure consistency and uptime.

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