Price as reviewed:£29 per month for 1TB with 10 users
This cloud-storage service aims to entice IT admins by including 256-bit AES encryption, logging and reporting features.
Egnyte’s web interface has been completely redesigned since we last used it. The icons are larger, it’s more responsive and you can now change permissions, share a folder or create a bookmark in a single click.
Bookmarking a folder makes it accessible from your “bookmarks” screen; useful if you use a few folders a lot and want to find them quickly. The main change though, is that the relevant controls for each file or folder appear when that file or folder is selected. This context-sensitive approach is far better than having all the controls available all the time.
Egnyte’s revamped web interface is easy to use and has context sensitive options
Control and flexibility
What we liked about Egnyte is the level of control it gives you over your files and folders and its flexibility. There is a wide range of different ways to upload and work with files. You can work directly from the web interface, use the custom-uploader, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for large files; or you can map your Egnyte storage space as a Windows network drive (our favourite).
You can upload one file at a time; multiple files at once using a Java-based uploader; use FTP or even map your online folders as a Windows network drive
Mapping your online storage as a network drive isn’t a total faff – as it is with some other services. You just download and run the Map Drive app and it does the job for you in a few clicks. No mucking around with the command line or WebClient Services required.
You can also use Egnyte’s desktop application. With this you can keep a nominated folder synced at all times with your online storage. If you’ve used Dropbox or any other online backup and storage tool you’ll quickly get to grips with this.
And, of course, there are the mobile apps. Currently, these are available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and even Amazon’s Kindle. We tested the iOS app on an iPhone 4 and found it to be responsive and easy-to-use.
Egnyte HybridCloud Office is good value. For $45 a month (approximately £29, depending on the exchange rate), you can have 1TB of online storage, which you can share amongst up to ten users. That’s just under $200 a year less than Dropbox would charge for the same amount of space but only $60 less than 1TB on Google Drive.
There were a couple of things that annoyed us. The option to integrate with Google Docs is harder to locate when you switch over to the new interface. The bulk uploader was also a tetchy at times; crashing when we were only uploading larger files such as images.
Still it’s easy to use and it offers a high level of control for IT admins. And if your business grows, you can easily upgrade to one of the other packages with more advanced features, such as the ability to backup network drives, authenticate using your organisation’s own directory server and so on. For these reasons we would recommend it.
By Karl Wright
June 25, 2012
By Charles Hamilton
June 21, 2011
Egnyte, a file management and backup system I wrote about last fall, has been updated, and has added several ways to simplify accessing and sharing files in the cloud.
The company now offers add-ons for Windows Explorer and the Mac OS X Finder that allow users to right-click (or control-click) on a file and be offered the opportunity to send or share that file directly from the desktop, as part of Version 6.0 of Egnyte’s Personal Local Cloud application. An Outlook plugin with the ability to share files as links or attachments is also available. In addition, Egnyte includes the ability for enterprise IT departments to enforce limits on file sharing and other security policies.
Egnyte positions itself as “Dropbox for the enterprise,” since it provides secure means of allowing workers to access their files while giving IT departments the control and security they need. The Egnyte “Local Cloud” service that synchronizes on-site and cloud storage is also popular in enterprises.
The folks at Egnyte told me that their product is becoming increasingly popular in large, 1,000+ person operations where mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous. In fact, in a recent study, up to 40 percent of the access to Egnyte’s service came from mobile sources, with the iPad being the single most popular device. Egnyte’s mobile apps are proving very popular, with more capabilities and other platforms coming soon.
The “Dropbox for the enterprise” space is getting more crowded, with the likes of Accellion and Box.net also offering enterprise-friendly secure file sharing and backup features. Egnyte will be hoping these updates help to keep it up with the pack.
The service is available at several price levels, and a 15-day free trial is available.