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Dropbox for Business Now Integrates with Popular Apps

If you use a cloud storage service, chances are it stores data from any areas of your business, with files and documents, created by a large number of apps. If you use Dropbox for Business, there's now an easier way to use the cloud storage and file sharing platform with apps you use the most.
Recently Dropbox announced releasing a new feature that lets companies integrate Dropbox for Business with existing business solutions. It connects the Dropbox platform with hundreds of apps, so business users can easily use Dropbox with the rest of their workflow.

Here's what the Dropbox for Business has to offer and how it can help your business.
The Dropbox for Business now works in collaboration with various cloud storage and data sharing capabilities – from productivity tools to document management, communications, security and more, Dropbox can now integrate with more than 300,000 business apps, including Microsoft Office, Salesforce, DocuSign, Vimeo, and many others.

Integrating Dropbox with the rest of your workflow streamlines all of your data, allowing you to work more quickly and efficiently. With the new Dropbox for Business integration, Dropbox guarantees (or at least they say so) several ways companies can improve their operations:
* Robust data migration and backup. Now you can easily transfer and backup your data between various apps using applications such as Mover and SkySync. Actually, there are also other cloud storage platforms that have integrated the option to move your data through various services via such applications.
* Data loss prevention. With Dropbox for Business you can now use various security apps to manage data in your account. Benefits include increased safety, encryption options and others.
* Integrated authentication. Authenticate team and individual identities in your Dropbox for Business account with identity management solutions.
* Monitoring. Monitor employee activity and have more visibility by integrating information and event management tools.

The new Dropbox for Business does not only integrate popular third-party business solutions. Developers can also use its programming interface to create custom workflows and integrate Dropbox into their enterprise systems.

7 Things to Consider when Choosing a Service Provider

It's definitely the age of the cloud! And while some businesses still struggle with deciding whether to move their data to the cloud, or what to move to the cloud, many have already made their choice. But choices are so many, even too many, so deciding on a good file storage service, is a serious concern.

In this post we intend to give you some basic points to consider when selecting the best data storage service for your small or large business.

1. File sharing or moving your email shares to the cloud
Businesses are used to sharing files via email or instant messengers, but this is not at all the safest way to share data. Also, when it comes to sending large files it is not an option at all, since most emails do not support sending files over a particular size.
Some larger businesses typically have a file server running locally in an office or at multiple offices. This can present a challenge of making sure everyone has the correct access and that there is enough storage available.
There are easy alternatives in the cloud to avoid dealing with those challenges. In most cases this includes a central repository, through which account managers control the rights and permissions of various users in one place.

2. Instant messaging
Instant messaging can often be a quicker and more efficient way of communication than email. There are many platforms out there that can be used for messaging between business users. Actually, most business intended cloud storage platforms are aiming to integrate such a service as soon as possible. Using such a tool can be a great benefit for your business, because this will decrease significantly the time, spent on communication within the company. Also, such a platform can be easily controlled and managed, and it is much more secure than the ordinary chat systems.

3. Backup
There is a rule in data backup that states that files need to be stored on at least three locations, so that your sensitive business data is secure. This triple storage rule means you need to store your data on at least two in-house devices and at least one offsite device. Some companies keep their own backup servers, which is a fine option, but others decide to transfer this burden to another company. And this is actually a good choice, because cloud storage providers usually store your data on a number of server locations. This way the triple storage rule is more than fulfilled.

4. Disaster recovery, file versioning
Now that you have your backups offsite, you need to consider one more thing. The cloud storage platform you select must also offer measures for disaster recovery, file history and file versioning. You need to be sure that whatever happens, you will have all required versions of your files in your hands. Your online storage provider needs to guarantee that. However, this warranty may cost you a little bit more, but we believe it is worth it.

5. Cold storage
Some platforms offer the so called Cold Storage. This is space, provided especially for files that you will not need immediately. Using cold storage you may store data that you think you will not soon need, but despite that you have to back it up. Cold Storage is cheaper than the general storage type, so, you may consider choosing a service that provides this option.

6. Applications
Online storage platforms provide such a wide range of integrated applications. Those, suitable for your business may be online document editors for creating and editing text documents, tables, presentations and others; video and audio players; backup applications for transferring files from other platforms; various online communication applications; project management applications; user logging and many more. Naturally, not each cloud storage platform provides all of the possible applications, so when selecting, you need to choose the provided apps that best suit your business needs.

7. Device supporting
This is one of the most important issues when selecting a file backup service. Most of these platforms support at least the following: Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. But if you use other types of devices, such as Linux OS, or Windows phones, etc., you need to look more thoroughly. In all terms, it will be best to find a service provider supporting as many platforms as possible, because when having a business, there may be users, operating on multiple types of devices.

In conclusion, first of all, we need to tell you not to be afraid to move various portions of your work environment to the cloud. For the most part, it’s less expensive and easier than you may think.

Business and Backup

Cloud-based and hosted services are showing excellent growth with small businesses and startups on a global level. There is no longer even a question about whether they will use cloud services. It’s their first choice.

Collaboration and communication software is at the top of the list. The second most in-demand service is security and backup - it’s definitely one of the hot topics right now. The cloud is becoming an important part of a good data protection strategy.

The file protection rule says you should keep at least three copies of your data: two on various in-house media, and one kept in a outside location, to avoid data loss. Sending a backup offsite used to mean sending a copy to a warehouse, but nowadays it’s often more useful to send a file to the cloud. This moves the focus from mere backup to data availability — a backup is worthless if you can’t restore from it and use your files any time you need them. And the best part of cloud backup is that your data is instantly available, wherever you are. Also, most data backup service providers claim that they store your files on a number of servers, this way protecting them in any possible way.

Now cloud platforms eliminate the need for customers to have their own second site for storing backups. Instead, the service is now usually offered by a third party provider. This makes it easy to send backups into the cloud securely, without the expense of setting up and maintaining a virtual private network. In most cases backups are encrypted, so all that businesses need to do is rent storage from a service provider and they are all set.

All of the latter said, IT companies are now making their best to give business users all the flexibility and immediacy they want from cloud services, without losing control of corporate data and resources.Trying to prevent employees from using cloud storage services to exchange large files, for example, is futile. Rather businesses need to provide easy access to the cloud via a corporate method that ensures the account will stay under the control of the organisation, not the individuals.

However, businesses should be careful when choosing backup service. Selection shall definitely not be made only based on price. There are plenty of service providers on the market at the moment – probably too many – and some of them are not going to last long. If the company providing your data protection goes down, what happens to your backups? That’s why companies need to be extremely careful about who they accept into their cloud service selection. Businesses must have a track record that shows the cloud storage product and the company are reliable.

And this is where we come handy. Continue reading our blog so you and your business can make the best decision for selecting of a data backup service provider.

Your Brand New Virtual Drive – pCloud Drive

pCloud – have you heard of this reliable and expanding cloud storage platform? If not, here are the highlights:
1. it provides an online storage web platform, suitable for private and business use;
2. offers mobile apps for iOS and Android;
3. has recently released its brand new desktop application – pCloud Drive;
4. and finally, and most importantly, is in the process of releasing its pCloud Business version, which we will pay attention to in a dedicated topic.

Through its desktop application – pCloud Drive – the system creates a secure virtual drive on your computer, which you can use to easily store, sync and access your files in the cloud. This application provides a number of additional functionalities, such as integrated file sharing and synchronization through your computer.

To get the desktop application, go to and download the pCloud Drive version for your operating system. Install and enjoy your brand new virtual drive.

pCloud Drive gives you a number of benefits, compared to simply using the online cloud platform. First of all, it expands your local storage by creating a secure virtual drive which is automatically enabled on your system, once you log in to the application. You can use the pCloud virtual drive just like any other drive, with the only difference that it doesn't take space on your computer.
Using pCloud Drive you can also manage your shares and create new ones. And those are just a few of the multiple opportunities this desktop app gives you.

Imagine having all your important work documents accessible on any device you use along with all changes you apply to them. This is exactly what Sync is about – you can synchronize any folder from your local storage with pCloud Drive.

With pCloud Drive you can invite people directly to your pCloud Drive folders and give them permissions to view and modify your content. They will, then, see the folders have shared with them as part of their pCloud. Also, you can receive shares and use them via the Shared with Me subtab of pCloud Drive.

The pCloud desktop application also works through your system's tray menu (menu bar). It gives you quick access to the app's most important options and settings. Also, options are available in your operation system's right-click context menu. Using this functionality, you can easily add new folders for synchronization in just one click. The dedicated Offline Access option gives you the opportunity to synchronize your folders with your desktop app, so they are available even if you are not connected to the Internet.

pCloud plans:

Free – 10 GB as a starter and up to 20 GB through pCloud's referral scheme.
Premium – 500 GB for $ 3.99/month upon annual subscription.
Premium Plus – 1 TB for $ 7.99/month upon annual subscription.
Business – coming soon.

Intronis Inc., a world famous provider of backup and data protection solutions, announced the launching of its file sync and share platform called ECHOshare. This file sharing and synchronization solution empowers businesses to securely access and collaborate on files of any type or size. ECHOshare integrates seamlessly with the other Intronis business platforms, this way providing full package for data management.

Businesses often struggle with how to share files and collaborate in a secure manner across distributed business partnerships and various types of devices. Before the age of cloud storage, most organizations were often adopting data sharing solutions not designed for business use. Not only does this approach put critical company data at risk, but it is increasingly difficult for businesses to support these solutions. ECHOshare solves this challenge with an integrated product that is easily added to the existing Intronis service or sold separately.

As its creators state, ECHOshare is an affordable, enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration system, based on a cloud storage platform.

Some of the key features and functionalities built in ECHOshare include:
- Advanced compliance: complies with key industry and government regulations.
- Remote unlinking of a device: the platform protects your data even when your mobile device is lost, or an employee, who is related to the system, leaves your company. Access is ensured by two-factor authentication.
- Team-based sharing: users can manage, organize and share files with ease, controlling access and permission on all projects, folders and files.
- Control management: permission-based access to all projects, files and folders; password policies.
- Remote access: users can easily access files from their devices or remote offices.
- Version control: users know exactly when, and by whom a document has been edited.
- Sending large files: ECHOshare provides a mechanism to send large files within teams, or with a public link to non-users.
- Mobile support: users can easily access and sync files on multiple mobile devices, such as iDevices and Android smartphones and tablets.

The need for reliable, secure and scalable enterprise-grade collaboration technology is growing among businesses. ECHOshare is definitely not the only system, providing such a number of business capabilities, but it is worth testing.

Your Business Feels Comfortable in Cubby

Cubby is mostly a professional use cloud storage platform that gives you 5GB free storage space and up to 25 GB through Cubby's referral schemes. The paid plans offer up to 1 TB of space per five users.

Cubby allows businesses to easily and securely work together via one common file storage and sharing system. Files are stored in the cloud for anywhere access, shared with others publicly or privately, and directly synced between various devices. To keep business data secure, Cubby provides companies with an easy way to manage users, policies and devices from one central location.

When working in the cloud, it's natural to be a little nervous about safety. Cubby guarantees that it protects your information so your data stays secure. With Cubby your information is never shared with a third party. They protect your data with AES 256-bit client-side encryption. Real-time activity monitoring lets you know what content is being shared, how and with whom, but this information is only available if you pay for a pro plan.

If you install the Cubby desktop application, you just turn your folders into cubbies and they automatically and securely sync with your web application. You can sync multiple computers and devices all at once. You can share documents with anyone, without letting them make changes to your cubbies. Users can collaborate on privately shared cubbies in order to work on the same set of files and access unlimited versions in the archives.

You can notice, that when you create a cubby through your desktop application, the web version automatically syncs it and it is instantly visible online.

With the cloud on, you'll be able to share cubbies with colleagues and create public links. To see all the options available, simply right click on a file or folder and they will appear. Also, you can click the three line symbol to the rightmost of the folder or file name. The same options are also available on the desktop application. The Sync option helps you toggle syncing for this computer (on or off). Through the Share option you can share this folder with your friends or collaborates when you enter their email addresses. Unlike other cloud storage spaces, Cubby does not offer sharing through social and other platforms. Only through email invitation. Besides through the desktop app, you can also perform sharing through the web.

Through the Link option you can generate a link that you can provide to your friends so they get a read only access to your folder. This way they can download your files in an instant.

Shortly, Cubby can be used as a private workspace in the cloud, but also businesses can benefit from it due to the security and manageability they urgently need. Pro plan administrators can centrally manage users' access and permissions with policy management.

Konica Minolta Launches FileAssist

The Japanese technology giant Konica Minolta launches FileAssist – a premium cloud service that enables secure, enterprise level file storage and sharing. On September 23, 2014 the executives of Konica Minolta announced the launch of its new product – FileAssist – a fully managed collaborative solution, developed exclusively for Konica Minolta.

The company claims that its cloud solution is ideal for any businesses, looking for collaborative storage space in the cloud, providing secure environment by increasing the business workflow.

FileAssist helps reduce the risk within a company by uniting all the file sharing processes of an organization on a single and easy-to-use cloud-based document management application. FileAssist processes the handling of documents in such a way that information can be created, shared, organized and stored efficiently in a secure cloud. FileAssist is not only supported via the web and desktop, but also on mobile devices, thus providing even easier access for its users.

Some of the basic features of the cloud storage platform are:

- Online file sharing and collaboration – like other business oriented online clouds, FileAssist provides secure document sharing, which does not leave the company borders. This eases the exchange of large files and reduces the risk of information compromising.
- Reliable security – FileAssist covers all the legal requirements for cloud safety, providing all the necessary tools and protocols, ensuring high level of privacy and security.
- Intrusion prevention – Advanced security protocols are applied to protect the network all the time. Software is provided to detect intrusion attempts upon your stored and shared files. Also, the system generates logs and notifications on suspicious activity.
- File backup and data restore – with FileAssist, data is stored on a number of server locations, this way being multiple times protected. Even if you accidentally delete your files, you can easily restore them.
- Audit and tracking features – tracking options allow administrators to closely monitor company data that is exchanged between users. The system monitors user actions, user accounts, password changes and profile modifications.
- Mobility – FileAssist offers continuous availability through cross-platform compatibility, by providing mobile solutions using a single application.

Like most other advanced cloud storage services, it provides all the functionalities, needed for file storage and sharing, backed with strong security measures. We are looking forward to test first hand the new service, so, stay tuned.