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Amazon Web Services announces Zocalo collaboration tool

Joins a crowded marketplace
Fri Jul 11 2014, 15:47
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AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) has announced the launch of Zocalo, its office productivity collaboration and storage service.

Zocalo offers document creation and collaboration with the ability to annotate or add comments, and can create revision versions of all documents for easy retrieval.

It includes email, and administrators can incorporate an existing Active Directory authentication hierarchy into the system.

The system works across Windows, Mac and Android, including Kindle Fire, and iOS. Files saved in Zocalo can be encrypted and synced with other devices automatically.

The Amazon storage service joins a marketplace already crowded with similar offerings from Dropbox, Sugarsync, Box and Google Apps.

"Customers have told us that they're fed up with the cost, complexity, and performance of their existing old guard enterprise document and collaboration management tools," said Noah Eisner, Amazon Web Services GM of Zocalo.

"AWS was increasingly being asked to provide an enterprise storage and sharing tool that was easy to use, allowed users to quickly collaborate with others, and met the strict security needs of their organizations. That's what Amazon Zocalo was built to do."

Last year Sugarsync turned its back on the consumer market in favour of an enterprise only model while both Box and Dropbox have pushed their solutions hard in recent months. The arrival of another big player, especially one that might be providing a customer with its website hosting will be an unwelcome development for its rivals.

AWS is launching Zocalo with a free preview, allowing a 30 day trial that includes 200GB of storage per user for up to 50 users. In addition, Amazon Workspaces users will receive access to Zocalo as part of their subscriptions. µ


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