Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants: File Sharing and Storage
Continuing with our series: Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants, we present a list of the most useful file sharing and storage resources available online:
Dropbox is a secure file hosting service which utilizes cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others online using file synchronization. The free version makes up to 2GB of space available (paid accounts offer up to 100GB), with the ability to create permissions for specific folders in your Dropbox so that you can share the contents with users of your choice. Dropbox’s sharing feature supports multiple users working on the same document in real time. Dropbox’s synchronization feature also includes a month’s worth of history as well as an ‘undelete’ option to help you recover accidentally trashed files.
Ubuntu One is a “personal cloud service” that does more than sync files. Offers a full-featured free account that lets you access your contacts, notes or bookmarks from any computer or the web as well as enjoy your favorite music from a cloud integrated store. You can also stream your entire music collection to iPhone and Android mobile phones. Also offers a mobile package.
Apple’s new iCloud is essentially the same as Ubuntu One, but apparently comes with a ten device limit. iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices automatically.
SugarSync provides automatic online backup, remote file access, file and folder sharing as well as a small assortment of third-party apps designed to allow you to use SugarSync on various devices and platforms.
Carbonite provides backup and syncing solutions for both home use / home offices, and small businesses. Affordable, at $59 a year for smaller operations, and $229 a year for small businesses, Carbonite provides secure automatic backup and syncing of files and folders as well as recovery of accidentally deleted data, and access to your files and folders from anywhere.
Wuala provides secure online file and folder storage, sharing, collaboration, syncing and backup. Accounts start out with a free 1GB but users are encouraged to ‘earn’ more storage space by trading idle storage space on their computers for ten times the amount of Wuala cloud storage. Additional storage can also be purchased.
Amazon S3 is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers by providing a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. When you use S3 you have access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, fast, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. Example uses include: content storage and distribution, storage for data analysts, backup archiving and disaster recovery. Amazon Cloud Front is an extension service for content delivery. It integrates with s S3 to provide an easy way to distribute content. Amazon’s services are for true ‘power users’.
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