Syncplicity, a provider in cloud based file management solutions for businesses and individuals, is now offering its cloud-based solution for Android. This includes obviously smart phones and tablets. Syncplicity works similar to Dropbox. However, it can be fine-tuned better in a workgroup environment according to CMO Jeff Schultz. The android capability is free and it comes with Syncplicity’s business edition, Personal Edition and the free edition.
Syncplicity offers a personal edition of their cloud backup service which starts for free for up to 2 computers and mobile devices giving you 2 GB of storage. It is not necessary to move your files into a new folder as for example in Dropbox. It combines also file versioning and instant restore of all files in case you accidentally deleted or changed a file. If you need more storage you can upgrade your account to 50 GB that only costs $15 per month. Though it seems a little expensive it offers this service for 5 computers/devices which brings this price down to around $3 per device per month.
Then there is the business edition which promises to provide cloud storage, sharing and syncing for little as well as large teams. The business solution is starting at $45 per month and you can have a free 30 day trial. The business solution supports unlimited users storage and file sizes to sync across multiple devices.
Also, with the business edition you can have a seamless and rich integration with SharePoint, SalesForce, Google Apps and Google Docs. As businesses are always security concerned file transfers are encrypted with military grade encryption and stored in SAS 70 type II certified data centers.
According to Schultz, IT managers can manage users centrally and permissions can be set for the cloud for example allow/disallow access to the cloud from outside the office. Also, they can delete files from a device remotely. Another interesting feature is that you can set up data retention. So when a contract with a service provider expires you can automate the process with Syncplicity and delete files from the cloud automatically.
With the new Android interface system you can use Syncplicity also with the new Kindle Fire, Schulz said.
Let’s say the user is on the road and they are asked to look at a file or send a file. Because of Syncplicity’s approach … all files are automatically accessible on their mobile device. They can see updates by them or others they’re working with. When they’re done working on a file, they can then use their Android device to upload it back to Syncplicity.
Another feature that is highly useful especially in personal cloud storage systems is the filesharing ability. If you need to grant access to a file for user who is not a Syncplicity customer you can easily generate a URL that is publicly available.
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