ShareFile Offers SMBs Enterprise-quality File Sync

Thursday Mar 3rd 2011 by Stuart J. Johnston
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ShareFile announces Enterprise Sync, which aims to give small and medium businesses the ability to constantly synchronize or to schedule synchronization of files.

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ShareFile, which started off as a cloud-based file exchange service, added file synchronization to its "professional" desktop service offering in late January. Now, it has expanded those capabilities to provide IT-quality file sync on its two higher-end editions, the company said this week.

ShareFile, began as a product to exchange large files without having to use FTP or dealing with the limits placed on email attachments.

"ShareFile can transfer very large files up to 10 GB," ShareFile's Steve Chiles, vice president of marketing, told InternetNews.com. At the same time, the files are protected from attacks in transit or while in storage via 128-bit SSL encryption.

The company has more than 2 million customers in 120 countries, Chiles added.

ShareFile's customers range from architects, CPAs, graphic designers and photographers, to advertising agencies, engineers and contractors.

In January, the company introduced its two-way file synchronization service on ShareFile Professional edition, which provides 10 "employee" accounts, 10 GB of monthly bandwidth, and 10 GB of file storage for a monthly subscription of $59.95. Now, the company has added that technology to its two enterprise editions.

Chiles said, however, that it would be incorrect to think of ShareFile as just a file-transfer system.

"It's meant to be more of an IT-based product ... this is really a scheduling and synchronization solution ... a very robust permissions-based system that is fully auditable," he added.

Additionally, the system can sync in both directions or just in one direction, and it can send alert emails to let administrators know that jobs have failed.

Adding the synchronization technology to the two enterprise editions does not cost extra, the company said.

The Enterprise edition provides 20 employee accounts, 20 GB of monthly bandwidth, and 20 GB of storage, for $99.95 per month, while the Enterprise Gold edition provides for 150 employees, 150 GB of bandwidth, and 150 GB of storage.

ShareFile is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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