Vendor Landscape: Cloud File Sharing

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What is a Value Score?

The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.

Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.

Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.


Your Challenge

  • File collaboration among workers can be a challenge for many organizations. Cumbersome legacy enterprise content management solutions often don’t cut it, and file collaboration by email presents a myriad of challenges, such as lack of versioning.
  • Employees are demanding file sharing solutions that are as easy to use as consumer-oriented products like Dropbox.
  • IT departments that don’t provide robust solutions for file sharing will have their authority undermined by business-owned applications.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • There are many best-of-breed business-oriented file sharing solutions that offer secure access to employee documents in the cloud. Forward-thinking enterprises are adopting and deploying these products for employee file collaboration.
  • Cloud file sharing (CFS) solutions complement your broader collaboration portfolio, including social collaboration tools.

Impact and Result

  • Understand what’s new in the CFS market.
  • Evaluate CFS vendors and products for your enterprise needs using Info-Tech’s Cloud File Sharing Vendor Landscape.
  • Determine which products are most appropriate for your particular use case and scenario.

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Get to Action

  1. Evaluate the leading solutions for cloud file sharing

    Understand the market and available options.

  2. Identify the cloud file sharing solution that best meets enterprise needs

    Develop a shortlist to speed the selection process.

  3. Issue an RFP to the shortlist of vendors

    Solicit responses from shortlisted vendors to find optimal enterprise fit.

  4. Review RFP winners

    Ensure that selected proponents can deliver when it counts.

Guided implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.

  • Call #1: Shortlist Assistance and Requirements

    Get off to a productive start: Discuss the market space and how vendors are evaluated. Decide which platform suits you best and narrow down the options based on customized requirements.

  • Call #2: RFP and Budget Review

    Interpret and act on RFP results: Review vendors’ RFPs and ensure the solution will meet your needs. Discuss average pricing of solutions and what can fit into your budget.

  • Call #3: Negotiation and Contract Review

    Purchase optimization: Review contracts and discuss best practices in negotiation tactics to get the best price for your solution.


7 Comments

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    Anthony Sgroi | 09-12-2013

    What about Varonis "DatAnywhere"?

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    Andrew Peterson | 09-25-2014

    Is EMC Syncplicity not considered in this category?

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 09-30-2014

      Thank you for your comment, Andrew. When we shortlist vendors for Cloud File Sharing, the criteria we use are as follows: Unique (Distinctive) Capabilities, Competitive Reports, and Client Interest. The CFS market is exploding right now and is very crowded. We shortlisted to 14 vendors, which was extremely difficult, and unfortunately we cannot cover every one. When we shortlisted for this Vendor Landscape, we only heard passing interest in EMC with their Documentum product. From a capabilities perspective (hybrid deployment model), we didn’t include Syncplicity because we heard more about Egnyte, Accellion, and ShareFile for that use case – and we were more impressed by those products than Syncplicity. In the last month or so, we’ve seen an upswell of interest in Syncplicity. It is too late to add them in for the 2014 release; however, we will likely add them to the 2015 iteration of the report.

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    Willy Flor | 09-26-2014

    Andrew Peterson, backing your comment - where is Syncplicity on the roadmap?

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    Greg Eamer | 09-26-2014

    OwnCloud is free and quite versatile - it should be mentioned as an alternative to dropping a lot of money into this type of solution.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 09-30-2014

      Thank you for your comment, Greg. OwnCloud looks like it’s “free” only in the sense that it’s open source. You still have to either provision your own storage on-premise (which will cost you money) or from a vendor (which is also going to cost you money). We’ve never heard it in the consideration set of any of our clients.

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    Daniel Steiche | 02-27-2015

    Those looking seriously at WatchDox in 2015-beyond: I suggest using/getting Advisory Services for your membership and discussing directly with the Consulting Analyst in this space. A short-list is never a complete list, particularly in solution markets that are exploding rather than very mature and stable.

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