Enterprise sync and share services

Ashton Mills

Accellion kiteworks


Accellion's popular kiteworks suite has a strong focus on employee collaboration, using what it calls a real-time activity-based work flow as the main interface. Here, employees can assign and accept tasks, view and track comments and notifications, and monitor file and folder activity, all of which can be related to uploaded files synced among individuals and groups.

A file view shows at-a-glance the resources a user has shared, as well as who is working on what file and what the changes have been. Like some of the other products we've looked at here, multiple data sources can also be aggregated and shared under a single folder. Typically this will consist of Windows-based file shares but can also include content stored in SharePoint and content management platforms such as OpenText and Documentum.

Like ownCloud or Citrix FileShare, third-party cloud sync and storage platforms including Dropbox, Google Drive or Box can also be integrated. Content flowing to and from the sources is naturally encrypted, with backup file versioning, and all with full tracking available to administrators to help monitor activity and ensure adherence to security policy.

Employees can invite other employees or external clients to access their shared data and grant them levels of control as a Manager, Collaborator, Viewer or Downloader. This makes it easy to setup levels of responsibility within groups, as well as provide limited but secure access to external parties as required.

Kiteworks aims for a seamless experience between desktop and mobile and to that end a consistent user interface is maintained weather using a mobile app or the browser interface. Files can be directly edited from storage sources within Kiteworks as long as they are Office based, an in-app messaging tool allows communication with other employees, and a 'Move Tray' provides for easily organising files between sources and for sharing multiple files with clients through email or secure links. This is something we haven't seen in other products and is a nice touch to help employees manage the files they're currently working on without the need to keep track of what files reside where.

In addition to web access kiteworks provides native clients for Windows and MacOS X, iOS and Android apps, and optional apps for popular content management suites. A developer-friendly API is also provided to help develop custom apps to interface with kiteworks, and even includes a forward-thinking SDK for Google Glass.

Pricing starts at $75 a month for teams up to 15 users, or $15 per user per month for companies up to 500 users, along with 1TB storage in the cloud. For larger companies and enterprise, pricing scales along with unlimited users and storage and more advanced features. These include the SharePoint integration, two-factor authentication, third-party cloud-storage provider plugins, and Active Directory/LDAP support. Additionally, beyond its own cloud services, for enterprise Accellion can deploy Kiteworks in a locally hosted or private cloud configuration for increased control and security.

3. Citrix Sharefile

4. Spideroak

5. ownCloud

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