Dropbox, Box, iCloud, and now, Google Drive, have the most familiar names. But many alternative services satisfy a variety of storage, backup, and file-sharing needs.
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As the name suggests, ShareFile, which was acquired last year by Citrix, is more of an online file-sharing service with a storage component. It will best suit users with sharing and syncing at the top of their priority list; those looking for a pure backup and storage platform will probably go elsewhere. Where ShareFile tries to set itself apart is with a laser focus on business users--unlike some of the larger players, it doesn't cater to consumers. Rather, it targets professional users that want an alternative to FTP or less-secure online collaboration tools. The emphasis on top-grade security and encryption, syncing, and other business-oriented features comes with a price: corporate plans start at around $100 a month for 20 GB and 20 user accounts. ShareFile offers custom pricing for companies with more than 100 employees.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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