sharefile_logo_2010.jpgWorkflow and multiple users are the cause of much misery for those trying to keep files up to date in the cloud, but ShareFile offers a way for SMBs to handle this tricky juggling act.

Differentiating in the Cloud File World

Not all cloud-based file sharing services are created equal, and making a noise about its Enterprise 2.0 business-friendliness is ShareFile, with its latest product, Sync. Aimed at business users, it offers continuous synchronization for files and folders. It offers both one- and two-way syncing to ensure data validity and is part of the SyncFile's growing platform.

In addition to its ability to sync to mobiles and tablets, ShareFile also lets user's work with their existing folder structure, rather then demanding everything goes into one drop folder. The two-way functionality works via an Adobe Air 2.0 app, while Sync itself is part of ShareFile's Power Tools suite that comes with desktop and mobile apps, Outlook plug-ins and other goodies.

A Busy Space

As part of the drive to cloud-based business, remote working and virtual desktops, ShareFile ups its game to give it an edge on the likes of Box.net with this flexibility in keeping files up to date. However, it can't be too long before other players begin to catch up or even overtake. 

ShareFile offers four types of account ranging from US$ 29.95 to US$ 500 with various levels of storage, access and features, with free trials available. For large file movement, remote collaboration and off-site storage, it's an impressive option.

Beyond Sync, companies using ShareFile can use their own branding and admins can monitor audit trails and access logs. Everything works under 128-bit SSL and multiple data centers. With five years in the field, the company has a good track record -- including ShareFile's CEO, Jesse Lipson, making CPA Technology's "40 CEOs under 40" to watch list, last year.