3 Online Storage Platforms That You Should Consider For Your Business
Just about every cloud storage provider has multiple products that can be used in different ways to maximize their value and efficiency. An important factor in the usability of your cloud storage is the software and services that you use to implement the storage on your network or over the internet. If you don’t have a way to manage the content on your cloud then it can become unwieldy, redundant, and wasteful. If your company keeps sensitive or confidential data, it’s also important to understand how you’re going to protect your data in the cloud. In today’s post we’ll show you what three platforms offer—LucidLink, Egnyte, and SharePoint—to increase accessibility to your data and keep it secure.
LucidLink delivers what they call a Global File System. Their goal is to have seamless integration with your storage (called Filespaces) at the endpoint, and make it possible to access and collaborate with files instantly. LucidLink streams your files’ metadata whenever it needs to, so, if anyone in your organization saves objects to the storage then everyone in the organization has instant access to those objects. Each workstation on your network handles its own encryption and compression, distributing the workload evenly without slamming the server.
One great feature here is the ability to work on the files while they stay in the cloud. LucidLink is geared toward collaborating on your data, not simply using the cloud to store copies or let them sit. LucidLink makes your existing cloud into a usable drive that is fast and accessible from anywhere. Instead of downloading a file, working on it, and uploading it (which often leads to clutter), LucidLink allows you to work on the file while it stays in the cloud.
Egnyte is a content platform with similar functionality, but a higher degree of emphasis on data security and compliance. Egnyte provides not just seamless integration and file sharing across users, but also advanced features like threat scanning in your cloud storage. This is particularly helpful in mitigating data loss because it identifies unusual behavior by authorized users in your cloud storage, which could be a sign that there is an attack underway. It’s a lot like having endpoint detection, but for your cloud storage.
Egnyte also emphasizes their end-to-end encryption and ability to secure confidential information. This is to help keep your cloud in compliance with the data standards that your business needs to satisfy your cyber insurance or regulatory requirements. While security is the focus here, Egnyte also boasts easy and secure sharing outside of your organization as well; if you need to share some documents with contractors, for instance, you can do so securely with Egnyte.
We’ve written extensively about SharePoint and some of its pros and cons in the recent past. SharePoint takes the idea of enterprise content management for your OneDrive/SharePoint storage and adds a full collaboration platform to it. This can be a helpful tool for managing your company’s content and files (if you’re using OneDrive or self-hosting your data), but some users have a hard time adjusting to the platform because of its complexity and flexibility.
SharePoint has the advantage of already being integrated with your Microsoft 365 products, so it can serve as the backend for a lot of your other software solutions automatically. This makes it a perfect solution if you use something like Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow) to define workflows and automate tasks.