Ever wanted to know how big companies use a private file hosting rather than relying on expensive, mainstream solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive to host their data?
Regardless of the size of your enterprise, we’re sure the answer is a resounding yes. The problem with self-hosting, however, usually lies with your existing infrastructure, as well as the security and utility of the file-management solutions out there.
Choosing the wrong solution might lead to costs of millions of dollars, let alone the maintenance and personnel-training fees that follow, which are both unnecessary expenditures and just a hassle.
Today, we’re here to make all of these file-hosting problems disappear with our recent discovery in the world of file-hosting solutions: FileCloud. In this segment, we’ll be reviewing FileCloud’s Community Edition.
FileCloud, a startup based in Austin, Texas, offers file-sharing solutions that equip users with the most impactful and relevant tools to host, share, sync, and access data remotely via mobile or PC.
Recently they launched their “FileCloud Community Edition” venture, which provides small- to medium-sized corporations and individual entities with powerful industry-standard tools that are typically used by big companies to host data securely.
FileCloud’s dynamic features and strong security meet even the most stringent of data-security requirements; the solution is tried and true by several well-known government bodies and brands such as Thomson Reuters, Toyota, US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and countless others.
What is the FileCloud Community Edition?
FileCloud Community Edition, one of FileCloud’s latest projects, lets users host and share files on private cloud infrastructures, similarly to services such as Dropbox and Google Cloud. FileCloud also offers an online version of this, where they provide you with all the resources (such as a cloud network) needed for file-sharing so that it’s even less of a hassle.
We were particularly impressed by how quickly and easily even new users could establish complete control over their data. FileCloud’s intuitive interface, fantastic documentation of their product, as well as a responsive support team, work together to ensure users can pick up all the nuances of their solution immediately. As for features, enterprise-level solutions are definitely something else!
For one, it lends credibility and professionalism to your business, since you can completely custom-brand your client and team portals with your company’s logo, assets, documentation and domain.
FileCloud’s guarantee of security is also nothing to scoff at, meeting even the most stringent of data-security requirements such as HIPAA with its encryption capabilities, detailed activity logs, data-leak protection and powerful admin tools.
We’ve all been stuck working on a long-term project before, skimming through email chain after email chain, trying to keep track of client/developer conversations and figure out which file version is the most up-to-date. FileCloud is the fast, easy and affordable solution to streamlining your team’s workflow and maximizing everyone’s productivity (while minimizing frustration, at that!)
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what FileCloud can do; we’ll let you do the rest of the exploring. For now, let’s jump into the FileCloud Community Edition.
Getting started with FileCloud Community Edition
Signing up for FileCloud Community Edition is super simple; you’ll just need to visit their official website and click on “Free Trial” on the top-right corner.
There, you can choose between the “Server” option — where you download FileCloud’s tools and set up on your own private system for maximum control — or the “Online” option — where you can let FileCloud’s infrastructure do all the hard work.
Both versions offer a generous 14-day free trial, during which you can explore all that FileCloud has to offer and stress-test the solution with 20 users (Server) or test the waters with 5 users and 1TB of storage space (Online).
Regardless of what you choose, you’ll be able to take FileCloud’s detailed admin portal for a spin and marvel at how much easier it is to manage and monitor your file-hosting activities. Plus, you’ll be able to use this trial with the solution’s mobile and desktop apps, as well as the apps FileCloud, integrates with: like Sync, Drive, Add-Ons for Office and Outlook.
Standard support also comes with all this, in case you were worried about any questions or technical issues — not that you’ll need much of it getting started, with how easy the solution is to set up and get used to.
All FileCloud solutions work perfectly with Windows-based servers, making it a perfect replacement for OwnCloud and NextCloud if you just can’t get into the idea of Linux servers.
Features and other Benefits
Here’s what you can expect if you opt to give FileCloud Community Edition a try:
- 5 full-user-access accounts and a free, unlimited number of web users.
- The option between private cloud or on-premise hosting; choose your own perfect balance of control and efficiency.
- Great functionality; add remote access and sync your files quickly and easily.
- Complete NTFS support.
- Seamless Office and Outlook integration.
- Access via any personal device such as phones and tablets.
- Access your data through a local drive via Windows, Linux, or Mac.
- Connect it to your local storage, or third-party storage services like Amazon S3 or Azure Storage.
- A massive community via a forum and on-demand support.
- Can initialize on Windows 2008 R2, and other Windows-based systems (Windows 10 onwards), Ubuntu 16.04 or later versions, RedHat and CentOS.
In addition to all this, you’ll also get all of the standard version features, including but not limited to network shares and unlimited external or third-party sharing. We’d also like to draw your attention to the unlimited and free client/partner accounts, which you can create for your clients and vendors to share/upload files in your secure environment.
Again, we’re blown away by how much documentation and support FileCloud offers its clients. We doubt that there are any technical issues during installation or use that isn’t addressed in their wiki.
All of these features must come expensive, you might say. Well, FileCloud Community Edition is available for only $10/year! Proceeds from Community Edition sales go to charity, meaning you’re not just securing a great solution for your team’s file-management needs, but also contributing to a noble cause. Doesn’t that feel great?
The reason for this is that FileCloud’s Community Edition is meant for new users on the fence about choosing a new file solution, and a chance for you to familiarize yourself with the all-inclusive, affordable solution that is FileCloud. When you’re convinced, or when your business starts expanding, you’ll be able to upgrade to their standard or enterprise versions at any point.
When you’re at home, relaxing with a cup of tea, it feels great. You’re safe, and you belong. The same goes for your files — give them a secure, spacious infrastructure and rest easy knowing that all of your data is in one place, easily-retrieved, safe and sound.
Unlike when you use other third-party apps to store your data, FileCloud’s private infrastructure ensures security and that there’s no data leak or breach via malicious and foreign elements. Combined with FileCloud Community Edition’s intuitive user interface and ease of access, this is one solution that we can wholeheartedly recommend.
It won’t take any time for even non-IT background personnel to get started with FileCloud. For the sake of your data and your team, give it a try and let us know in the comment sections below what you think!