We are quite familiar with file sharing applications Dropbox and Google Drive. Recently I came across few articles comparing Dropbox with SharePoint in terms of features and usability. Though the articles were good, being an experienced cloud provider we genuinely feel that there are no common grounds for comparing SharePoint with Dropbox and Google Drive.
Applications like Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to sync your files automatically across your devices. Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. These file hosting services allow you to synchronize files in the user created folders. Once synchronized online, you can retrieve the latest updated version of the file irrespective of the device you are using. Google Drive allows collaborative editing too. These applications are very beneficial for collaboration and file sharing. On the top of that, they provide free storage up to a certain space limit. Google Drive offers free storage up to 15 GB and in Dropbox free storage limit is up to 2 GB. Customers often ask us why they should invest in applications like Hosted SharePoint when they can have free cloud storage from applications like Google Drive and Dropbox. Let’s discuss:
SharePoint and typical file hosting services are quite different in terms of design and purpose of design. The purpose of Dropbox is eliminating the need of creating new files with every update and emailing them to everyone once there are new updates. Similarly Google Drive also allows users to view and edit a file collaboratively. However SharePoint, the web based platform is multipurpose application for below requirements:
- Document sharing and management
- Online document storage
- Content Management System
- Online collaboration portal
- Project Management
- Enterprise Search
- Integration with Microsoft business applications like outlook
- Business Intelligence
It’s evident that SharePoint is a versatile application. It is not just about document sharing. It’s highly customizable and well suited for diverse industries and line of businesses. It provides professional image to your business when you are dealing with clients and partners. However configuration of SharePoint application could be complex and need technical expertise. In that case Hosted SharePoint could be quite beneficial for businesses. The experienced vendors like Egocentrix (leading provider Toronto Hosted SharePoint) offer customized and managed solutions. They offer expertise of SharePoint certified resources for migration and configuration to cloud applications and 24/7/365 technical support. This makes your transition to SharePoint hassle free and you could take your business to a new level. File hosting services are very good for personal usage and general data as they are not that much secure. However when it is about business and security, SharePoint is an ideal collaboration and document sharing application.