ShareFile at a Glance
3.75 / 5 stars
- Basic: 2 employee accounts $29.95 / month.
- Professional: 10 employee accounts $59.95 / month.
- Corporate: 20+ employee accounts $99.95 / month.
- Enterprise: Call for quote.
- Business class cloud storage.
- Excellent mobile options including apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Blackberry and Mobile website.
- Web portal is useful and easy to use.
- User administration.
- Suite of apps and ways to access and manage data.
- Decent sharing and sharing controls.
- 256 bit SSL transfer encryption, with 128-bit RC4 storage encryption.
- Free trial.
- Owned by Citrix.
- Expensive for small businesses.
- Can use FTP to access files. Yes this is only FTPS connections allowed but still a con in my opinion.
- No Linux support.
- Web portal lacks bells and whistles.
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Getting started with ShareFile is easy, you just have to visit their website and look for the link to sign up for a free trial. You can use ShareFile from the web portal without downloading and installing any additional desktop applications but the service becomes more useful when you install Sync for Windows or Mac or by installing one of the many mobile apps that they offer.
I installed the Windows Sync app on my test machine and had no issues installing the application. Once installed it was simply a matter of copying some data to the ShareFile folder to have it automatically sync up to the cloud. I was then able to access the files through the web portal, share the files and download them on other machines. Anyone that has used other competitor products will not have a problem using ShareFile.
I have included a short video of me installing the applicaiton on my Windows 8 test machine for you to view the steps it takes to get running.
ShareFile also has a decent support section once you login where you can get help including a full video series of how to use the service.
As I mentioned you can use ShareFile exclusivly from the web portal and not install desktop applications. The web portal is useful and allows people to upload new files, download files and share files to others. The web portal is functional but perhaps missing some of the bells and whistles that users might hope for. For example there is no option to do a slideshow for images that I could find or stream video or audio. These are not huge items but they do make a difference between a good web portal and a great web portal but perhaps that is not what is needed for business use.
ShareFile has some of the best mobile coverage that you can find. Apps are available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Blackberry. You can even access a mobile website if you do not have the app installed or available.
Securely sharing files is a nice feature of ShareFile and they offer some decent options when you share files with users. The ability to be notified when a file is downloaded, only allowing a certain number of downloads and the ability to expire a download could all be useful depending on your needs. If you want more control over how people outside your organization have access to your files ShareFile can help you.
There is no doubt that Citrix is a leader in the world of business computing, and ShareFile does extend the services they offer to cloud storage. Overall the service is solid even though it lacks some nicer features that you often see in consumer cloud storage services. If your business is looking to offer a secure cloud storage solution for your employees and for sharing files ShareFile will fill your needs and is easy enough that people will easily be able to use it.
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