FileTrek launches its cloud-based file sharing and tracking solution, while SpiderOak announces the cloud storage service, which is priced below that of Amazon S3.

FileTrek Closes Funding

FileTrek closed US$ 10 million in Series B funding, which will come in handy as the company expands and rolls out its cloud-based file sharing and tracking solution. The company says that FileTrek is designed for secure file sharing, collaboration, tracking and reporting. Dale Quayle, CEO of FileTrek, explains the new solution, saying:

Employees across all departments are deploying their personal devices and using public-cloud and file sharing applications that are currently outside IT control. FileTrek will give businesses the ability to track, access and share all their business content, while retaining employee freedom to create and collaborate productively.”

The data tracking feature tells users where a file is located, who worked on it, what changes have been made and how files are related. Backup and syncing of files occurs automatically and in real time, and users can share files from desktops and gain access to them from any device. According to the company, FileTrek is the only cloud storage solution that tracks project dependencies and related files during content collaboration.

FileTrek has three pricing tiers, with free individual pricing for up to 5GB of storage and 50MB file size limit, team pricing at US$ 20 per user each month and enterprise pricing.

SpiderOak vs. Amazon S3

Currently in private beta, SpiderOak's cloud storage archive solution is built on an open source back end and priced at US$ .06 per GB. Enter your email address on the homepage to request an invite and get two months of free storage.

According to the wiki, development of the solution reached its first milestone on February 15, 2012, with documentation and functioning implementations of most core components; however, it still is not production-ready. Expect the commercial storage service to be available sometime this quarter. So far, has only been tested on the Linux platform.

Amazon announced price cuts for its Amazon S3 services earlier this month, but the pricing still comes in at about half the price.