As file storage in the cloud is becoming ubiquitous, Egnyte has chosen to stand out from the crowd by incorporating both old and new technologies to improve the speed and usefulness of its services. As of today, Egnyte supports FTP file transfers, because, according to the company, FTP remains the fastest and easiest way to move data to and from the cloud. In addition, Egnyte now offers seamless connections with Google Docs (s goog), so you can use the Docs interface for instant edits.
These new features are added to the existing Egnyte service, which provides one interface for managing an internal file server available to employees, file sharing with partners, large file transfers, and computer backup. Egnyte is a hybrid system, meaning that files are always accessible, even without Internet access. The interface puts a friendly front end on standard FTP, HTTPS and WebDAV protocols. By using these well-proven protocols, and by synchronizing invisibly with local files, Egnyte has enough speed to allow file editing directly in Microsoft Office.
Files can be managed via a web interface that can be branded to suit your organization. Egnyte also offers an optional desktop app (for PCs, Macs and Linux) that simplifies setting up connections to your local file system via WebDAV over HTTPS; mapping local drives; and specifying backup intervals. More sophisticated users can set up these connections manually, if desired.
Files are also accessible via mobile browser. In response to many customer requests, Egnyte is currently developing mobile apps for Android (s goog) and iOS (s aapl) that will allow full file access and editing on such devices as the iPad.
Egnyte offers a long list of security, access, administration, privacy, search and storage features that are similar to what you’d expect from a local file server.
The service is available at several price levels, beginning at 20 GB of online storage for $9.99 per month, through 1 TB of storage for $44.99 per month. Additional storage is available, and a 15-day free trial is available.
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