10 File Sharing Solutions for Businesses

File sharing within a business is of utmost importance.  But finding a reliable cloud storage and file-sharing service is sometimes a challenge.  A good cloud service helps businesses improve data safety, collaboration, and reduces infrastructure costs. We’ve highlighted our top ten services for file sharing; spoiler alert google drive is better than skydrive!

We have made a list of 10 of the best file sharing solutions for businesses.

Dropbox for Business

Dropbox for Business offers unlimited storage.  Besides this, it adds administrator tools and user management.  You can give it a try for 30 days, after which your credit card will be billed $15/employee/month automatically unless you cancel.  As a cloud storage service, it will start you with 1 TB of space, which you can expand for free after you have used up that space.

Sharefile

Sharefile offers a pretty safe encryption to secure the transfer of files.  It is one of the best file-storage services out there.  It comes at a moderate price and can be used on any mobile device thanks to its intuitive design.

Egnyte

Egnyte starts at $8 per user every month.  Despite not being so popular it has one of the strongest proposals for businesses.  One special characteristic of Egnyte is that it is designed with a centralized storage model, instead of the usual distributed model that other services adopt.  This is an advantage when it comes to granting permissions or getting messages across the entire company.

OneDrive for Business

Microsoft OneDrive for Business offers 1TB of storage per user and can be integrated with Office 365 Business accounts.  It provides a safe platform for online storage.  However, it is not really meant to be used as a collaborative tool, so that is one downfall of the service.

Box for Business

Box for business has a sophisticated security protocol and privacy strategy.  It also has a great set of collaboration tools.   Its very secure storage mechanism makes it a great choice for heavily regulated industries or even government organizations.

OpenDrive

OpenDrive has unlimited storage. It provides a pretty smooth transition to off-line storage. Its great security features make it a choice to corporations with sensitive information.  The off-line feature allows you to safely made modifications and collaborate before sending documents online.

Carbonite

The variety of the business plan of Carbonite and the excellent security features make it a favorite on our list.  However, do consider that this site does not offer branding capabilities nor important online capabilities.  Business plans begin at 250 GB but you can get more as your business expands.

LiveDrive for Business

LiveDrive offers a business-class data backup service, file sharing and syncing between business users.  This is an entry-level file-sharing for business.  The cost is higher than average but you get a 14-day free trial.

Amazon S3

This one is for those looking for flexibility when it comes to file storage and sharing.  This is basically a bit bucket designed to be the storage end of a Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution.  Meaning that, once you install it, you will need skilled IT professionals familiarized with Amazon’s native tools to get it to work. On the other hand, it means that it is highly customizable, which is a good thing.

Google Drive for Work

Google Drive for Work is part of G Suite (formerly known as Google for Business).  This site takes the consumer product and adds unlimited storage and administrative features.   The one thing that sets Google Drive for Work is that you need to own a domain since it also assigns an email to each one of your employees.   It is pretty safe and allows for safe file-sharing and collaboration.  However, due to having to verify or purchase a domain, it might take longer to set up.

 

The Top 7 Largest File Sharing Sites

The world’s largest sharing machine-the Internet-has lots of participants in the game.  For several years, BitTorrent was at the top of their game and stayed at number one. But as the file-sharing and torrenting game gained more adepts, competition got fiercer.

Today, the five largest companies dedicated to swapping files are all related to cyberlockers, which is what we commonly call a centralized file-hosting service.

Around five years ago, BitTorrent sites were rulers of the file-sharing space. Mininova made its breakthrough in 2007 when the site became the first BitTorrent site to earn a spot in the top 100 most-visited sites on the Internet.  Then The Pirate Bay followed and the rest is history.

But BitTorrent has been facing serious competition by cyberlockers who entered with a strong game and started to catch up and fast.  The last year, sites like The Pirate Bay and Torrentz has seen how cyberlockers watch them from behind.

The following are the top 7 largest file-sharing sites on the internet:

1.Hightail

Hightail is what YouSendIt used to be.  This site allows you to receive, send, digitally sign, and synchronize files. The service is available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The service offers limited services for free and offers premium services. The websites gets an estimated 4.5 million visitors a month.

2. 4shared

Wiht 4shared, you can acccess files anytime, anywhere. It is free and safely protects your files for you to access them from any Internet-enabled device.  The service provides 15GB free space for users.  It gets around 21 million visitors on a monthly basis.

3. iCloud

The cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple gives you access to all your Apple products.  You get online access to all your music, files, videos, movies purchases on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.

iCloud receives and approximate 10 million monthly visits.

4. Google Drive

Google’s file-sharing service allows users to save, share and synchronize files.  It can be used on computers, Android phones 4.1 or greater and iPhones and iPads running iOS7 or more.   Most of the files can be seen offline.

This is a very popular service. Google reports that over a million companies use it to share files among their associates.  The site has 18 million visitors every month.

5. OneDrive

Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive is an open-source file sharing service from Microsoft.  The service offers 15 GB of free space and offers more with a premium subscription.  This website is pretty popular and receives 16 million unique monthly visitors.

6. MediaFire

Based in Shenandoah, Texas, United States, MediaFire is a file hostage, file synchronization, and a cloud storage service.   This easy to use service allows you to access all your documents, music, or video anywhere.

Withe MediaFire, you do not need to download their services in order for you to use the service which makes it pretty good for quick online savings.

7. DropBox

DropBox is probably the most popular file-sharing and storage services out there.  It offers free saving, synchronization of any type of files for you access them from anywhere in the world.

It is esimated that DropBox has 35 million monthly visitors.  The website was updated several

 

What is the future of File Sharing?

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of file sharing is illegal streaming of videos, movies, music, books.  Are you thinking of the Pirate Bay too?  But there is so much more involved in file sharing that actually has to do with legal ways of sharing information.

Particularly businesses have relied on EFSS to sync information between different points in different locations.  It is undoubtedly interesting that file sharing has been a thing since the very invention of the internet and it has not really changed that much.  The most common way that people and companies have had to share files has been email or FTP.

Given this fact, the protocols used for those methods of file sharing are a bit archaic, to say the least.  But as we know today, these methods for transferring data are not very safe because these protocols were devised when we did not think of hackers or anything related to stealing information.  We did not even think of that.

So, besides enhancing security in file sharing, there are some other exciting things that the future of file sharing has for us.  Let´s take a look.

The Need for Improved Security

If you are into “showbiz”, you probably heard weeks ago about hackers stealing episodes of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones and demanding a bitcoin ransom.  Or even worse, many celebrities’ phones being hacked and exposure of intimate pictures made public in what has been known as “celebgate”.

When it comes to business, threats to security are also as serious when it comes to file sharing of sensitive information. If hackers can access HBO’s servers or a person´s phone this easily, imagine what they could do with a major company’s information.

This is why the future of file sharing in businesses will focus on improving security.  To get to the point where commercial cloud storage such as Dropbox, One Drive, or Google Drive do not offer just yet.  This is a war between IT professionals and file sharers and illegal hackers and file pirates.  The question is still on the table:  Who will win?

Full Access Anywhere, Anytime

With file transfer becoming faster and easier, users will demand access anywhere from any device. This has been a necessity for many years.  But things can get more difficult as the necessity for transferring larger files arise.  This requires a work on the speed of large file sharing such as intelligent “cloud-optimized routing” technology that enables sharing at the fastest speed possible.

Fluid Access even when Bandwidth is Poor

The problem with having access to satellite everywhere is that there are points in which bandwidth will be too slow or not readily available.  Businesses rely on urban internet bandwidth where access flows like water.  But other businesses like cruise companies do not have access to speedy internet everywhere.  The future of file sharing demands ease and smoothness even in conditions of limited, long-distance networks.  In doing this, they will reduce costs on satellite connections and stay on top of their game in times of critical need.