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Countless files are exchanged daily inside and outside of business networks. The most common forms of file sharing are e-mail attachments and instant message (IM) file transfers. These methods have their limitations because of file size limits and security threats. IT managers must find alternatives for sharing files.

What Are the Alternatives?

The issues around file sharing are not new but some of the solutions certainly are. In the past, using FTP or zipping files was the obvious way to send large files. Yet, these methods are neither practical nor secure. The emergence of teamware, document management, and conferencing software has provided a much more collaborative approach to file sharing. Practical and secure, they allow users to share files as part of a bigger task, project, or event.

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    Mark Rowell | 09-08-2009

    good summary.

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    Christophe Alexandre | 11-29-2010

    I would like to mention Wuala (LaCie) as a viable, online and secured storage alternative. Centralized users and roles management is somewhat limited, however.

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    Josh Sanderson | 06-07-2011

    I would be intested in an enterprise deployment that can be locally hosted at our own datacenter, has full featured authentication, encryption and auditing features and is easy for non sophisticated users to use.

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      Ellis Karim | 11-27-2015

      Have a look a Varonis DatAnyWhere which hosts files locally.


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