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Amazon: Our new doc-sharing cloud service is enterprise-grade

Wed 16 Jul 2014

With the introduction of Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) Zocalo last week, David Linthicum asks (in a recent InfoWorld piece) how will this cloud service compete with so many longer-standing competitors?

Zocalo is to join the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox in the document-sharing arena, and is a relative late-comer in comparison to these offerings which already have hundreds of millions of users.

To market itself differently, AWS is looking to boost security and storage features in a particular effort to draw users in from enterprise IT.

“Security and centralized trust are built into Zocalo from the start. It can link to an Active Directory, and the files are stored in a named AWS Region with encryption used when the documents are transmitted. There is even an option for the user to control which files are downloaded and which are not. The product seems to focus on making documents accessible by those you authorize to see and edit the documents, but still provide the document owner with control and visibility,” says Linthicum.

“Security and centralized trust are built into Zocalo from the start,” says Linthicum. “It can link to an Active Directory, and the files are stored in a named AWS Region with encryption used when the documents are transmitted. There is even an option for the user to control which files are downloaded and which are not.”

He added: “The product seems to focus on making documents accessible by those you authorize to see and edit the documents, but still provide the document owner with control and visibility.”

This, AWS hopes, will win over those IT professionals who believe file sharing cloud systems pose security threats, and have so far blocked employee usage. Zocalo’s privacy features may act to persuade otherwise, especially with AWS’s growing favour among IT enterprise.

Although it is still early in the game, and Google, Dropbox and others will not trail behind in terms of security for long, Linthicum concludes that Zocalo currently seems to present a “valuable” opportunity for “cloud-storage-averse” companies.

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