Amazon Enters Enterprise Cloud Storage Battle with Zocalo
On July 10th, Amazon introduced a new enterprise cloud storage device called Amazon Zocalo. The service is currently in limited invitation, and requires an Amazon Web Services account to request an invite, but should quickly roll out to a wide release. Each user will get 200gb of storage for $5.00 per month. Clients will be available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, and desktop computers. Data will be transmitted and stored using client-side encryption.
The storage wars are definitely heating up. In addition to being able to store any file type using this service, users will be able to view and annotate Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. Zocalo can be integrated with Active directory so that users can use the same account on their local server and Amazon and full file auditing is available. The account administrator can limit sharing and editing between users.
It will be interesting to see how this compares to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft One Drive for legal users. My main concern for attorneys is that the encryption key is held by Amazon, but it is nice that for compliance purposes that you can decide what region your cloud files are stored in. As this becomes more widely available, I hope to review it for use on the iPad and iPhone. Visit amazon to request your invite and subscribe.