A guide to online file-sharing services

Learn how cloud file-sharing services can benefit, and sometimes complicate, your data center.

Whether IT teams like it or not, employees at many companies are using online file sharing to collaborate with colleagues while working with data stored on devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones. The good news for users is that online file-sharing services make it easier for them to share information from anywhere. The bad news for IT teams is that they're losing control of data because much of it is stored on unsupported devices. While some large companies have banned online file sharing, many more are trying to develop a strategy around online file-sharing services that keeps both IT and users happy and productive.

This guide presents numerous use cases and analyst perspectives that TechTarget has collected over the last few years to create a one-stop resource for investigating the impact online file-sharing services could have on your data center.

Table of contents:

What is online file sharing?

Online file sharing helps users who want to share information on smartphones, tablets and other remote computing devices. But ease of access for users doesn't necessarily translate into ease of implementation for IT administrators. There are a number of different architectures for online file-sharing services, with both consumer and enterprise-focused approaches catching on. The following articles discuss the different terms associated with cloud-based file-sharing services and what kinds of options exist in today's file-sharing market.

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Defining services for online file sharing
Cloud file sharing overview
10 online file-sharing terms every IT admin should know

File-sharing services come of age for enterprises, SMBs

Cloud file-sharing services were pioneered using data such as photos, music and movies that users could share using their consumer devices. Since then, services like EMC's Syncplicity and Citrix's ShareFile have worked to build enterprise-ready products that provide IT administrators with file and account permission functionality. The following articles discuss why this focus on administration is necessary to make cloud file sharing secure enough for businesses to embrace.

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Analyst Terri McClure discusses cloud file-sharing services
Online file-sharing services eliminate the need for file servers, VPNs
Cloud-based file-sharing services enhanced for mobile usage
An overview of cloud file-sharing options for SMBs
Podcast: Online document sharing
A guide to cloud file-sharing and collaboration services
Personal cloud file storage and sharing services: Do they fit in your organization?
How cloud-based file syncing could become a popular backup solution

An overview of the online file-sharing marketplace

EMC's acquisition of Syncplicity was perhaps the biggest splash in the cloud-based file-sharing market in 2012, but smaller companies like Maginatics and SugarSync have also released new products and capabilities in the last year. Will the acquisitions continue in 2013, or will one of these smaller players make a lasting impact in the SMB and enterprise cloud file-sharing markets? Read these stories to find out.

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Maginatics releases MagFS for online file sharing
Egnyte's EgnytePlus platform aimed at enterprise cloud file-sharing market
Egnyte partners with NetApp with its new hybrid cloud file-sharing service
Varonis takes aim at 'cloudless' file sharing
Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive online file-sharing services announced
Box COO Levin: Box better than Dropbox for enterprise online file sharing
Enterprise security, management in Dropbox for Teams online file-sharing environment