Amazon Makes Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo Available To All AWS Customers
Amazon recently announced that it is making its enterprise storage and sharing service — Zocalo — available to everyone. The service is now available for all AWS (Amazon Web Services) users. If you are one of them, you can sign up and start using Zocalo now.
Zocalo is a cloud storage service that offers productivity platforms to the users. It lets them share files through cloud and manage these files efficiently by storing them in different versions. Users can share a document with their colleagues, and everyone (who is allowed) can update the file without worrying about sending the latest version of the file to fellow colleagues. The updated file will be visible to everyone with whom the file was originally shared. This functionality is much like that of the Dropbox.
Another feature of Zocalo is that it supports multiple devices. Users can access and update the files, shared on a central hub, through any platform — Windows, Android, iOS, or Mac.
Zocalo was previously available for enterprises only but Amazon has now decided to make it generally available. Amazon stated that when they made Zocalo’s Limited Preview available back in July, many AWS users expressed their interest in the service so they have made it available to general users also.
“There’s a 30-day free trial (200 GB of storage per user for up to 50 users); after that you pay $5 per user per month,” said Amazon in a blog post.
Moreover, Amazon has also announced that it has added a new feature to CloudTrail, which enables it to record calls made to the Zocalo API, in addition to other AWS services that CloudTrail supports. The API for this functionality is not made public yet, but they plan to open it soon. They are accepting expressions of interest from the users if they want to build applications using this API. They just have to drop an email to Amazon about their interest.
Microsoft is also moving towards enterprises and is slowly becoming a competitor to Amazon in this field. While Microsoft – who is successful with its consumer-first services like Dropbox – is focusing on enterprises, Amazon is approaching consumers by offering services like Amazon Cloud Drive.
Amazon web services are exceptionally advanced and use sophisticated infrastructure. With the power of cloud and its well-designed APIs, Amazon offers one of the best services to enterprises. They are likely not to face difficulties in luring general consumers towards their services.